King Mufhasa (NZ) made his first public appearance of the new racing season at Ruakaka on Wednesday. The 2009 NZ Horse of the Year was given an easy time on a Slow 7 surface in advance of the G1 Makfi Challenge at Hawke’s Bay on Saturday week.
“He has come back really well and loves racing,” co-owner David Archer said. “Sam (Spratt) said he had a good blow out after the gallop.”
King Mufhasa (8g Pentire – Sheila Cheval by Mi Preferido) won the Makfi Challenge last year and added more wins at the elite level in the Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham plus the Toorak Hcp and Futurity Stakes at Caulfield
Trained by Stephen McKee, the veteran sprinter-miler has earned $2.53 million from 18 wins in 50 starts. “Stephen doesn’t want to start him on a wet track first up,” Archer explained. “We will keep an eye on the track – he’s eight years-old now and there’s no point in bottoming him out.”
King Mufhasa was bred and sold by Rich Hill Stud for $50,000 at the 2006 NZB Select Sale for $50,000. He is raced by David, Simon and Natalie Archer along David’s partner Diane Wright.
Makfi Challenge market: $3.50 King Mufhasa; $6 Ocean Park; $7 Guiseppina; $8 He’s Remarkable; $10 Fleur De Lune, Xanadu; $16 Fritzy Boy, Green Supreme; $18 Shez Sinsational, The Hombre