Musir (Aus) continues his comeback at Meydan on Saturday after fertility problems short-circuited his stud career at Coolmore Stud. He was reunited with trainer Mike de Kock and finished fourth first-up in the G2 Al Fahidi Fort last month.
Musir (7h Redoute’s Choice – Dizzy De Lago by Encosta De Lago) has won 5 of his 11 starts in Dubai and will attempt to improve that strike rate in the G2 Zabeel Mile. “He’s just about the best colt I’ve had since Horse Chestnut,” De Kock said this time last year. “He’s remarkably tough with a tremendous constitution. He has a wicked turn of foot and has the ability to quicken sharply in his races.”
The widely-travelled galloper was bred by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa and races in his colours after being passed in for $900,000 at the 2008 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. He was exported to South Africa in 2009 and posted a Group 1 victory in the Golden Horseshoe in Durban prior to winning the 2010 UAE 2000 Guineas – UAE Derby double.
Musir returned to the Gulf in 2011 but finished four lengths adrift of Japanese raider Victoire Pisa in the Dubai World Cup. Returning to De Kock’s Newmarket base in England, he was placed in the G2 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury prior to an away win in the G2 Topkapi Trophy in Turkey.
Back in Dubai last year, he scored a near track-record victory in Round 1 of the G3 Maktoum Challenge and then denied Presvis in the G2 Al Rashidiya (1800m).
Coolmore came in with an offer to stand Musir at stud and he was advertised at a $16,500 service fee. However, he was taken out of service after the first 16 mares returned negative tests.