Musir going back to Dubai

UAE Derby winner Musir will head back to Dubai, with injury ruling him out of the Australian spring racing carnivals.

Musir, a three-year-old Redoute’s Choice colt, was transferred to Sydney-based trainer David Payne to embark on a Cox Plate preparation in the spring after claiming the UAE Derby in Dubai in March when trained by Mike de Kock.
Payne said the colt was suffering from arthritic problems in his front fetlocks and would miss the spring.

“He won’t race here (in Australia),” Payne said.

“He’ll go back to Dubai for next season, he’ll need six months off.”

Musir won two of his first three starts in South Africa and was then unbeaten in three starts in Dubai earlier this year culminating in the UAE Derby victory.

Both Musir and stablemate Raihana, who was runner-up in the UAE Derby, were then sent to Payne in Australia by owner Sheik Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum.

Despite the disappointment with Musir, Payne said Raihana was progressing well at his Rosehill stables in preparation for the spring.

“She’s going well, I’m very happy with her,” the trainer said.