MUSIR moved up sweetly in the hands of Christophe Soumillon and raced away to a three-length success over stablemate Masterofhounds in Thursday night’s Gr 3 Al Maktoum Challenge (Round 1), over 1600m on the all-weather track at Meydan in Dubai.
Musir made victory in this $US200,000 feature look really easy as he wasn’t extended in the least, and Mike was suitably impressed. He said: “Musir is very effective over a mile and up to 1800m. He’s stronger than he was as a young horse, he’s in the manger and he’s tougher, he takes his work and racing much better now.”
Musir gets the victory pat.
Musir finished 3.25-lengths adrift of Victoria Pisa in the Dubai World Cup last year and Mike commented: “The 2000m was stretching it a bit. We’ll prepare him with an eye on the Dubai Duty Free this year. I’d like to switch him back to turf.”
Second-placed Masterofhounds was out of his ground early, but he made steady progress in the home run, running on well under Kevin Shea. His performance was described as “eye-catching” by commentator Terry Spargo and Mike agreed, saying: “Masterofhounds needed the run and he acquitted himself very well. He’s more of a World Cup horse this season.”
Both runners are owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. Musir has won seven of 13 outings including a Gr1, two Gr2’s and two Gr 3 races. The five-year-old entire is by Redoute’s Choice from Dizzy De Lagoa and was bred by the Sheikh himself.
Photos by Andrew Watkins.