However, just one more bid on Sunday, April 11, 2017 at the Capricornia Yearling Sales would have deprived Marway’s owners of the indescribable thrills he has rewarded them.
Marway was a home bred out at The Caves by the Sturgiss’ through their resident stallion the Irish winning Spectrum stallion Hemingway and their dual winner, the broodmare Maredamah.
“Elaine and I had a $15,000 reserve on him to be sold, bidding stopped at $14k and we stuck to our reserve and took him home - I am glad we did now,” Sturgiss said.
A feisty customer at times with an initial dislike for the barrier stalls, the naturally talented Marway won eight races under John O’Sing - including the $50,000 CYS 3&4YO Championships (1300m) at Callaghan Park last April.
In that race Marway carried 61.5kg in a stirring win and set a record time for the present Callaghan Park grass track, so naturally those stats became the catalyst for him to be given his chance in Sydney.
Consistent to the idiom ‘’the best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray,” Marway’s first training preparation in Sydney became a source of frustration for his owners.
‘’He had been in training and was within about a month of racing when he did damage to his hock, that meant he had to go out and spell for three months,” Sturgiss said.
When back to his Randwick stables and in full training again, the reports from the Mark Newnham stable were very positive.
These were consolidated when Marway won a Randwick open class trial over 740 metres on January 7 in the fastest time of the morning.
The rest as they say is history with Marway winning so brilliantly under 58.5kg last Tuesday and justifying his owner’s faith.
In the last decade, two other Rockhampton-owned and formerly Callaghan Park-trained horses have reached their career pinnacles from Sydney bases.
Naturally, Our Boy Malachi, who also had its career successfully launched and maintained for seasons by John O’Sing, became a superstar in the south.
The dual Rockhampton Newmarket winner won his first four Sydney races consecutively from November 2014 before going on to become a Group 2 winner at Caulfield and a Group 1 placegetter.
Seemingly, the Jim Rundle-owned and trained multiple Rockhampton winner Idance commenced the trend this decade winning four Sydney races from February 2014.
However, it is nothing new for a Rockhampton trained prolific winning horse to hit the headlines in southern metropolises.
In 1962, Rocky Boy raced by the late bookmaker Vince Murphy and family departed Rockhampton Airport on a flight south before going on to win at the four metropolitan racecourses in Melbourne.
Before Our Boy Malachi came along, Rocky Boy held the unchallenged status of the best horse ever to come off Callaghan Park racecourse.
Who knows what that trickster fate will decree now for Marway?