Persistence was the name of the game for the 2011 Group 1 Toorak
Handicap at Caulfield winner King Mufhasa.
The top New Zealander, in his fifth Australian campaign, finally
broke his duck on foreign soil in a performance that suggested more wins were
King Mufhasa is a winner of no less than six Group 1 races
in New Zealand but the best he managed in Australia prior to his 2011 Group 1 Toorak
Handicap (1600) win was a third placing in the 2010 Group 1 George Ryder (1500m)
at Randwick behind Danleigh and the same position behind Woorim in the 2010 Listed
Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) at the Sunshine Coast.
Best on top of the ground, King Mufhasa this time wouldn’t
take no for an answer.
He settled outside the leader Fast Clip and assumed control of
the race half way up the Caulfield straight.
Late attacks came from the Peter Moody trained duo King’s
Rose and Luen Yat Forever after both settled
King Mufhasa’s jockey Michael Rodd believes he would have
found again if the Moody duo came any closer near the line with a half-length margin
splitting all three horses.
Trained by Stephen McKee, the son of Trevor, trainer of the
great Sunline, is sure to King Mufhasa right for his next assignment.
The likely combat zone being on the last day of the Flemington
carnival in the 2011 Group 1 Emirate Stakes (1600m) on November 8.
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