Minnie Malachi successfully completed her first barrier trial on Friday and has been passed to start racing.
The video of the trial can be viewed here.
She had good barrier manners and jumped quickly, mustering a bit too much early speed. We would have ideally liked to see her ridden a bit more conservatively in the early stages and finish off the trial better. Her jockey said she was tractable and would have come back if asked so we are not concerned that she will over race when she has her first start.
Her brother, Malachi Crunch, also began his racing career trying to lead up the field but we know he is much better sitting back and sprinting home, so this is what we will plan to do with Minnie Malachi too.
She was a bit sore after the trial and overly anxious so we have sent her to the paddock for 3 to 4 weeks to just relax and get over the whole experience. Now she has her barrier certificate, she can work up to a race much more quickly when she returns to the stables.