Michael Costa’s Malkara wins second straight race on the Gold Coast and still improving

The Michael Costa-trained Malkara won the Aquis Park Class 2 Handicap (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday, August 12. Photo: Supplied.

The Michael Costa-trained Malkara won the Aquis Park Class 2 Handicap (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday, August 12. Photo: Supplied.

 

MALKARA has recorded back-to-back wins at the Gold Coast and trainer ­Michael Costa says the ­gelding is yet to show his full ­potential.

The four-year-old won Saturday’s Aquis Park Class 2 Handicap (1200m) with jockey Scott Galloway in the ­saddle to record a second win from as many starts in his second preparation.

It has also taken his record to three wins from nine runs.

Both of his recent victories have come over 1200m and Costa said not only did ­Malkara improve further on Saturday, he is primed to find even more success over 1400m.

“To be honest I thought it was an easier race this week,” Costa said.

“He definitely did improve and he still has a bit of improvement in him. I have always thought he would be a better horse over 1400m or a mile. The last preparation he had a few ­setbacks and he was still ­maturing.

“He had a few viral infections and he has bounced back from that.

“As soon as he hit the front (on Saturday) he pricked the ears and eased himself down. Even though he won comfortably a couple of metres after the post, the whole field swamps him ­because he just does what he has to.

“He can show that turn of foot over the 1400m.”

Costa bought Malkara as a yearling while training in Sydney and brought him to Queensland at the end of last year.

Malkara’s recent wins have ensured a new partnership between Costa and jockey Scott Galloway has started with success.

“Scott Galloway has had two rides for us with two wins so I’m excited to keep using him,” Costa said.

“He seems like lovely bloke so it makes it more enjoyable when you have a better jockey on which is a champion bloke. We are starting to build a decent relationship with him.”

 

Story courtesy Tom Boswell – Gold Coast Bulletin

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