Coolmore Australia will stand leading international performer Musir in 2012. Timeform rated him the highest ranked son of Redoute’s Choice at 136 ahead of God’s Own (124), Snitzel (123) and Stratum (123).
Musir (6h Redoute’s Choice – Dizzy De Lago by Encosta De Lago) was bred by Sheikh bin Khalifa and was offered for sale by Coolmore at the 2008 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, where he was passed in at $900,000.
He was exported to South Africa in 2009 and posted a Group 1 victory in the Golden Horseshoe in Durban. He joined Mike De Kock’s team for the 2010 Dubai carnival and he was a class above the opposition in the G3 UAE 2000 Guineas and G2 UAE Derby.
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 last September.
Back in Dubai this year, he scored a near track-record victory in Round 1 of the G3 Maktoum Challenge and then denied Presvis a running double in the G2 Al Rashidiya (1800m). That victory improved Musir’s overall record to 8 wins and 6 placings in 16 starts.
“Musir is a rare commodity indeed,” Coolmore Australia’s Tom Magnier commented. “He’s a Group 1 winning two-year-old colt by an outstanding stallion in Redoute’s Choice, who is proving a more than useful source of sire sons.
“He’s a particularly good looking colt and, of course, we know him very well having bred him at the farm. I believe that he is a horse that will really appeal to commercial breeders across Australia’.
Arrowfield champion Redoute’s Choice got him from Dizzy de Lago who was stakes placed in Adelaide. A fee for Musir will be announced at a later date.
Trainer Mike De Kock was full of praise for Musir. ‘It was a pleasure to train a colt like him and he’s just about the best colt I’ve had since Horse Chestnut. He was a champion two-year-old but he improved with racing and is remarkably tough with a tremendous constitution. He has a wicked turn of foot and his ability to quicken sharply in his races marks him down as a colt of the very highest class.”