SECOND BUMPER SUCCESS FOR MALYSTIC
The Peter Niven-trained MALYSTIC (Malinas) gained a second success from three starts when winning the bumper at Newcastle on February 23rd.
Carrying a penalty for his previous bumper win in November, he took a keen hold at the back of the field under Billy Garritty and began to make steady headway approaching the two furlong pole. Leading before the final furlong, he ran on well to hold off a late challenge by Show Promise and scored by a length, as the favourite Nikgarde took third.
The winning trainer later commented, “Malystic is a nephew of [handicap and Graded winning hurdler] Clever Cookie and is the most like him we’ve had. He’s a lovely horse. We’ll finish him now or maybe go to Aintree and then he’ll go jumping next season.”
Malystic was bred by Mrs JA Niven and Mrs DM Ewart.