Malua was the most amazing racehorse ever to come out of Tasmania. For over a century, in every state of Australia journalists have frequently compared the current day champions to this wonder horse. A committee has been raising funds over the last five years and built a fitting memorial in Deloraine, the town of his birth. Part of it is a full size bronze which was unveiled late last year, and a book, “The Mighty Malua” was also released at the same time.
MALUA was bred at “CALSTOCK” horse stud by the FIELD FAMILY and he was bought as a yearling by Thomas Reibey, a Premier of Tasmania who lived at “ENTALLY” in Meander Valley at HADSPEN. Reibey was disappointed with Stockwell’s 2nd place in the Melbourne Cup of 1882 and sold all his racehorses, including MALUA who later proved his class by winning the MELBOURNE CUP 1884.
Malua won the nation’s top horse races from 5 furlongs up to the Melbourne Cup of 2 miles, including the Newmarket H’cap 1200m, the Oakleigh H’cap 1000m, Adelaide Cup 2600m. He came out of retirement as a 9 year-old to win the Australian National Hurdle of 3 miles and finally the Geelong Cup as a 10 year-old. No other horse has ever looked like coming near to this record. He is always acknowledged as Australia’s Most Versatile Racehorse, and is in the Hall of Fame as such.
Malua’s son MALVOLIO won the 1891 Melbourne Cup, and Malua also sired INGLISTON which won the 1901 Caulfield Cup.
You can read more detail on the Tasjazz website at http://www.tasjazz.iinet.net.au/Malua%20Info.html or talk to Geoff Woods, Deloraine, Ph. 63622830 OR 0408137793
Geoff Woods, www.tasjazz.ii.net