Six-year-old Mujbar (UK) makes his South African debut for Mike de Kock’s stable in a Pinnacle Stakes over 1200m at Turffontein on Thursday. He was imported in 2023 by prominent owner and businessman, Willem Ackerman and Advocate Nigel Riley with a view to a racing and stud career.
A winner of the Gr3 Horris Hill stakes over 1400m and Gr2 placed as a juvenile, Mujbar is an athletic son of Oasis Dream’s successful sire son, Muhaarar, out of Madany, a stakes-winning daughter of Acclamation. Madany was runner-up in the GBP500 000 Newmarket Tattersalls Millions Sprint.
Trainer Mike de Kock reported this week that Mujbar was a very nice horse who had settled in well. “He’s a good-looking horse with a beautiful temperament and he’s been a pleasure to train. He enjoys his work and has shown us ability.”
Mike added: “This is a starting point for him. He has pace, all three his wins have come over 1400m, but 1200m is too short.”
Craig Zackey has been booked to ride Mujbar, declared to ride 1,5kg over the carded 52kg and Mike commented: “I wanted a strong senior jockey for him first-up, this is a stepping stone for the horse so the extra weight is not a factor for me.”