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Pentire gelding lands New Zealand Group 1

MUFHASA, a five-year-old gelding by Pentire and out of the Mi Preferido mare Sheila Cheval, was the one and a quarter length winner of the 6f Telegraph Handicap (Gr1) at Trentham in New Zealand today.

On his previous start Mufhasa had finished fifth, beaten less than a length, in the Railway Stakes at Ellerslie on New Year's Day.

He was bred by Colin Thompson and his son John at their Rich Hill Stud, and sold to his current owner David Archer at the 2006 Karaka Select Sale for NZ$50,000 (£18,382/€20,376). Rich Hill Stud will consign a full-brother to Mufhasa at the Karaka Premier Yearling Sale, which takes place on January 26 and 27.

Rich Hill Stud stands Pentire, a son of Be My Guest who won the 1995 Irish Champion Stakes and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes the following season.

Pentire has had stints at stud in Europe and Japan, but he has achieved the most success in the southern hemisphere, where his progeny include the top-class Xcellent, Zarita, Pentastic and Meiner Despot.

Mufhasa's trainer Stephen McKee told the press that the gelding's next target could be the Doncaster Handicap at Randwick in Australia on April 18.





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