Musir wins the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1
Musir wins the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1

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Al Maktoum Challenge R1 Sponsored By Etisalat

Meydan, All Weather, 1600m

12 January 2012

Etisalat was the sponsor of last night’s third meeting of the Dubai World Cup Carnival and the phone lines to South Africa must have been buzzing after the ultra-impressive victory by Musir (AUS) (Redoute’s Choice (AUS) - Dizzy De Lago (AUS)) in the $US200,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 Group 3 , the featured 1600m all-weather contest.

Trained by South African master-trainer Mike de Kock,Musir, the UAE 2000 Guineas and UAE Derby winner of 2010, was always going well under jockey Christophe Soumillon who eased his mount to the front from 200m out to score an easy victory with stable companion Master Of Hounds (USA) (Kingmambo (USA) - Silk And Scarlet (GB)) running on strongly to snatch second under jockey Kevin Shea.

Mike de Kock was obviously delighted and said afterwards: “We thought both would run well but I do not think we would have predicted a 1-2. Musir has been a great servant in recent years and is getting stronger and tougher with age. I do genuinely believe he is a better turf horse and the Dubai Duty Free is his big target so he will switch to the grass now. We hope Master Of Hounds is a Dubai World Cup horse so that is a good start with him. He was badly drawn and needs further so we are very pleased. He will continue in the second round of the Al Maktoum Challenge.”

Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1

Final Results

#

Margin

Horse

Kg

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.0

MUSIR (AUS)

56.0

4

C Soumillon

Mike de Kock

2

3.0

MASTER OF HOUNDS (USA)

56.0

12

K Shea

Mike de Kock

3

1.0

SECRECY (GB)

56.0

9

K Fallon

Saeed bin Suroor

4

0.5

MENDIP (USA)

56.0

1

L Dettori

Saeed bin Suroor

5

0.75

DERBAAS (USA)

56.0

2

R Hills

Ali Rashid Al Raihe

6

Sh

DANCE AND DANCE (IRE)

56.0

3

J Spencer

Edward Vaughan

7

1.5

KAVANGO (IRE)

56.0

8

P Cosgrave

Mubarak bin Shafya

8

0.25

ESCAPE ROUTE (USA)

56.0

6

R Mullen

Satish Seemar

9

1.0

LE DRAKKAR (AUS)

56.0

5

A Ajtebi

Abdulla bin Huzaim

10

1.5

FANUNALTER (GB)

56.0

10

R Moore

Marco Botti

11

0.75

SNAAFY (USA)

56.0

11

T O’Shea

Musabah Al Muhairi

12

15.5

XIN XU LIN (BRZ)

56.0

7

M Barzalona

Mahmoud Al Zarooni

Extract from Emirates Racing Authority

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