Musashi Of Mieko gave trainer John Wallace an emotional victory in the Toowoomba Cup (2100m) on Thursday. Despite winning a G1 AJC Derby with Shoot Out, the Gold Coast trainer said winning a fifth Toowoomba Cup was one of his greatest thrill in racing.
Musashi Of Mieko was last at the half-mile but produced a paralysing sprint in the straight. It was a real family affair – Wallace also owns the winner and his son Brad rode an inspired race to land the $100,000 event by over a length.
“I’m so proud of Brad. He works so hard to keep his weight down,” Wallace said. “To win this race with him is probably my greatest thrill in racing.”
Musashi Of Mieko (6g Fusaichi Pegasus – Arabian Lass by Al Mufti) has won 10 races for Wallace. He claimed the first two at the Sunshine Coast and the remainder have been at Clifford Park.
His sire Fusaichi Pegasus shuttled to Coolmore Stud for seven seasons but didn’t return after 2007 when he held the fort for Coolmore during the E.I. crisis. A G1 winner of the 2000 Kentucky Derby, he has sired 23 stakes winners out here including sire sons include Haradasun and Zizou.
Swettenham Stud bred and sold Musashi Of Mieko for $65,000 at the 2007 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale. His South African bred dam Arabian Lass arrived at Swettenham in June 2003 after a star-studded career that included G1 victories Kenilworth, Gosforth and Greyville.
Arabian Lass is also the dam of promising Perth galloper Dash for Home (Dash for Cash). He will attempt to give the mare another feature result in the LR Melvista Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
Yarradale Stud owner Ron Sayers bought Arabian Lass for $60,000 at the 2008 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale. Her 2yo filly Soldier’s Lass is in training with Dan Morton at Ascot. She is by Swettenham sire Soldier’s Tale and won a Lark Hill barrier trial last month.
Arabian Lass was covered by Yarradale shuttler War Chant last September.