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Racing Warrior
By Jeune from Cleopatra's Girl
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Bred in South Australia Mummify had unpretentious beginnings being from a city winning racemare by, at that time, an unproven sire in Jeune.

Jeune had been a revelation on the racetrack after being imported to Australia as a Group 2 winner from the United Kingdom.  After an unplaced run in the Group 1 Goodwood Hcp he was spelled and prepared for a Melbourne Cup in 1994.  First up he ran second to a classy local sprinter in Adelaide before heading to the weight for age company in Melbourne.  Third behind Freedman trained Mahogany in the Group 2 Craiglee Stakes he won the Group 1 Underwood Stakes then placed second in both the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes and Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes.  Three days later Jeune won the Melbourne Cup.  He then returned from a spell to win the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes and was then second to Schillaci in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes.  Two seconds in the Group 1 Rawson and Tancred Stakes followed before a memorable win in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.  Jeune was named Horse of the Year for the 1994-95 season.  He raced on for another season winning the Craiglee Stakes before retiring to Lindsay Park Stud under the watchful eye of Colin Hayes.  He had started 24 times in Australia for 5 wins and 9 placings with 19 of those starts being in Group 1 events.  Previous Lindsay Park stallions At Talaq and Without Fear feature in the pedigree of Cleopatra’s Girl.

Cleopatra’s Girl was by At Talaq from Kinetag (by Without Fear) and was trained at Morphettville by Phillip Read.  The filly won her first start at Balaklava and was soon racing and winning consistently at the city racetracks.  In total Cleopatra’s Girl raced 30 times for 7 wins 6 seconds and 2 third.  Although tried at stakes level she could only finish on the heels of the placegetters on numerous occasions and her final start was a close second at Cheltenham on Christmas Hcp day in December 1997.

Cleopatra’s Girl was sent to Jeune by breeder Des Green and produced her first foal, Mummify, on 24th August 1999.  The colt was prepared for the Adelaide Magic Millions sale by Mill Park and was offered as Lot 298.  Purchased by Lee Freedman for $41,000 he was one of six purchased by that stable with all going on to successful racing careers.  Mummify, however, was the star of those yearlings on the racetrack.  Cleopatra’s Girl produced another colt in 2000 sired by Brocco and he was purchased by Dean Saxon for $11,000 at the Adelaide Magic Millions.  Named Egyptian Empire he now races out of the Tom Dabernig stable at Murray Bridge with his best effort a second at Mindarie-Halidon last September.  In 2001 Cleopatra’s Girl foaled a filly named Pyramid Girl who was retained by Des Green while in 2002 and 2003 both foals died.  In 2004 she produced a full brother to Mummify but whereas Mummify threw to his dam this colt is a chestnut.  Recently Cleopatra’s Girl foaled a filly by Elusive Quality and is to go back to that sire this season. 

A member of Jeune’s third crop Mummify was given plenty of time to mature and started his career as a late 2yo in May 2002.  Over 1100m at Sale he ran third to the talented galloper Ain’t Here and was third again two weeks later over 1400m at Bendigo.  A spell followed and Mummify returned to the races in the Spring coming from well back to run second in a 1200m Maiden at Kilmore beaten a long neck by Foreign Accent.  The day before the 2002 Cox Plate was run Mummify again came from well back to run second this time over 1469 at Kyneton it was enough for the stable to give him the chance in a race over the Flemington Carnival. 

In the Carbine Club Stakes Mummify was last passing the 800m and still last at the 400m but in the straight he flew home finishing fourth beaten only 4 lengths behind Delago Brom and Lord Volksraad.  He made the step up to Group 2 company in the Sandown Guineas where he was just behind the leaders in transit before passing the post in 6th place.  Nine days later Mummify broke his maiden with an eight length win at Kilmore where he led throughout to defeat Den’s Park and Breadwinner over 1900m.




He returned in January to run on from well back to take third over 1400m at Caulfield before being narrowly beaten by Glefti at Flemington over 1600m.  At Sandown a week later he raced midfield before running on to take second behind Sesemann with Gallic third over 1600m.  Two weeks later he lined up at Group 2 level over 1800m where he flew home from well back in the straight to run fourth behind Natural Blitz (who had also been in the same Mill Park Adelaide Magic Millions draft as a yearling).  After an unlucky 4th at Flemington he was taken to the Sydney carnival to run in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas where he had a new rider in Danny Nikolic.  After being near last by the 800m Mummify again flew home to run second defeated by a long neck by star 3yo Helenus.  Two weeks later he lined up in the AJC Derby on what turned out to be a track that favoured the leaders all day.  Mummify was third past the 800m and in the straight put in his claim wider on the track but it was Clangalang storming home along the fence against the bias who proved the best winning from Strasbourg with Mummify third.

 Two weeks later Mummify was back in his home state of South Australia in the Listed Veuve Clicquot Stakes where he stormed past the opposition in the straight to win by over two lengths from future Oaks winner Larrocha with Vicksburg third.  Two weeks later he was back at Morphettville where he was midfield by the 800m but quickly made ground to be behind the leaders in the straight and again he exploded away in the straight to win easily by two lengths.  The win was so impressive there were suggestions to run the 3yo in the Adelaide Cup to emulate Lee Freedman’s Subzero winner of both in 1992 before winning the Melbourne Cup.  However connections resisted the temptation and began to focus on the Spring.

After an unplaced effort in the Memsie Stakes over 1400m Mummify raced midfield before emulating Jeune with a third in the Group 2 Craiglee Stakes behind Pentastic.  Like Jeune he then won the Group 1 Underwood Stakes defeating Grey Song and Aint Seen Nothin before an extremely unlucky run in the Turnbull Stakes.  It was to be his final lead up to the Caulfield Cup but Mummify was trapped inside horses and shuffled to the rear of the 16 horse field.  He was boxed in for the entire straight going past the post hard held beaten into 13th place less than six lengths from the winner.  A week later Mummify lined up against the champion Lonhro and Defier who had been a close second in the 2002 Cox Plate.  Lonhro won easily but Mummify ran on to take second place from Defier. 

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