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Mufhasa Wins NZ Gr1 Waikato Draught Sprint
In New Zealand, Rich Hill Thoroughbreds stallion Pentire (Be My Guest-Gull Nook, by Mill Reef) added a Gr1 triumph when 6YO gelding & former NZ Horse-Of-The-Year/Champion Sprinter Mufhasa (Pentire-Shella Cheval, by Mi Preferido) notched his 2nd successive Gr1 win in 3 weeks with a 1.75-lengths victory in the NZ$200,000 Gr1 Waikato Draught Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa in Hamilton to claim this race for the 2nd time (having also won in 2009, as well as finishing 3rd last year). Mufhasa (ridden by Samantha Spratt for trainer Stephen McKee) defeated fellow 6YO gelding Wall Street (Montjeu-Villa Wanda, by Grand Lodge) & 4YO mare Keep The Peace (Keeper-Peace Of Mind, by Wild Rampage). Mufhasa (a NZ$50,000 yearling consigned by Rich Hill at the 2006 NZ Bloodstock Select Sale) took his record to 14 wins (also including last month's Gr1 Telegraph Handicap over 1200m at Trentham & 2010's Gr1 Otaki-Maori Weight-For-Age Classic over 1600m at Otaki, plus 2009's Gr1 Waikato Draught Sprint over 1400m at Te Rapa & Gr1 Telegraph Handicap over 1200m at Trentham, as well as 2008's Gr2 Coupland's Bakeries Mile in course record time over 1600m at Riccarton Park & Listed Kelt Memorial Stakes over 1400m at Hastings) & 8 placings (including 2010's Gr1 Waikato Draught Sprint over 1400m at Te Rapa & both Australia's Gr1 George Ryder Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill & Listed Glasshouse Handicap over 1400m at the Sunshine Coast, plus 2009's Gr1 Mudgway Partsworld Stakes over 1400m at Hastings & Australian Gr1 George Ryder Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill) from 40 starts for NZ$2,129,987 earnings.