New Zealand’s seemingly endless winter could force veteran campaigner Mufhasa to cross the Tasman to get his spring racing underway.
Trainer Bruce Wallace said the Group One George Main Stakes at Randwick on September 21 and the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield on the same day were options being considered for the gelding which races as King Mufhasa in Australia.
The fact the horse is ready to race at all is testament to the nine-year-old’s recuperative powers after his career appeared over following a bleeding attack during the Hong Kong Mile in April.
The winner of 10 Group One races when trained by Stephen McKee, King Mufhasa’s best efforts in five starts for Wallace have been placings behind Australia’s best two colts of last season.
He ran third to All Too Hard in the Futurity Stakes and second to Pierro in the George Ryder.
Wallace was resigned to his retirement after Hong Kong but the veteran has shown him he still has what it takes.
The problem is getting him to the racetrack with wet weather thwarting his plans.
“It looks as if we will have to bring him to Australia,” Wallace said.
“The tracks in New Zealand are too wet.
“We are looking at either the George Main in Sydney or the Rupert Clarke Stakes in Melbourne.
“There is a race at home on the same day but the George Main looks likely.”
Wallace said he was amazed at how well Mufhasa was coping.
“His feet and his joints are the best they have been since I’ve had him,” he said.
“He had a trial at Avondale last week and although he wasn’t up against much, he won by nine lengths.
“He is just such a racehorse.
“At some stage soon he will retire but not just yet.”