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Racing Warrior
By Jeune from Cleopatra's Girl
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Mummify jumped from barrier 13 in the Caulfield Cup and for the first time since his maiden win he took up the running and was well rated in front as they raced around the back of the course.  Mummify maintained his lead to the straight where when asked for his effort he raced clear defying all attempts by his 17 opponents to run him down.  At the post Mummify was in front by ĺ of a length from Grey Song with Distinctly Secret third and a promising mare called Makybe Diva in fourth.

Mummify was soon a raging favourite for the Melbourne Cup and it seemed a mere formality that he would run well in the Mackinnon Stakes and then go into the big race.  In the Mackinnon he settled just behind the 3yo Casual Pass but started to lose ground by the 400m and was eased in the run to the line finished 8th in a field of 11.  Casual Pass raced away to defeat Turnbull Stakes winner Pentastic and Cox Plate winner Fields of Omagh.  All hell broke lose over the ride as jockey Danny Nikolic didnít appear to ride the horse out during the final stages.  Nikolic defended the action saying that the horse hadnít felt right and he hadnít wanted to risk magnifying any problem.  On return nothing seemed out of the ordinary with the horse and debate continued over the next couple days with Mummify expected to bounce back in the Cup.  On race morning though Mummify was found to be suffering a virus and was withdrawn from the Cup with his connections left to lament what might have been.  In his absence Makybe Diva raced away to win.

Three months later Mummify resumed finishing well back behind a star studded field in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes as Lonhro defeated Vocabulary and Sound Action.  Two weeks later he again took on Lonhro in the Group 2 St George Stakes over 1800m and after racing second throughout finished in third place behind the black champion and Sound Action.  The Australian Cup was next where Mummify took the lead in the straight but all eyes were on Lonhro running into dead ends before storming to a narrow victory from Delzao with Elvstroem third as Mummify held on for fifth just ahead of Makybe Diva.

The Group 1 Ranvet Stakes over 2000m was next where Mummify took up the front running role and fought hard when challenged in the straight but it was Sound Actionís day as the chestnut took victory from Ambulance with Makybe Diva nosing Mummify out of third place.  A similar field lined up in the Group 1 BMW over 2400m where Mummify sat in third place before ranging up as the likely winner but couldnít overcome the weight difference as 3yo Grand Zulu raced clear to win while Makybe Diva ran on to take third place.  A week later he was back in the Group 2 Chairmanís Hcp over 2600m where he lumped 60kg to win narrowly from County Tyrone.  Mummify lined up for his third Saturday in a row in the Group 1 Sydney Cup over 3200m.  Again the track at Randwick was producing unusual racing patterns on the final day of the carnival with entire fields coming down the outside fence after going very wide around the home turn.  Passing the 800m Mummify was in 6th position and moved up to 4th around the turn but in the straight carrying 57.5kg he couldn't match the sprint of Makybe Diva, who had cut the corner on the turn, and Manawa King taking third place.


In the spring of 2004 Mummify opened his campaign as in 2003 with an unplaced run in the Memsie Stakes then onto the Craiglee where he led before dropping out on a wet track.  He was unplaced in the Underwood behind Elvstroem before running second to the same horse in the Turnbull Stakes with Confectioner in third place.   A week later Mummify lined up in the Caulfield Stakes where Grand Armee and Starcraft were expected to dominate.  Grand Armee hit the front in the straight as Starcraft ran on from well back and Mummify started to chase the leader.  Inside the 200m Starcraft was too far away with Grand Armee still in front but Mummify challenged strongly.  Inside the final 50m Mummify had edged ahead but Grand Armee fought back Mummify wasnít to be denied and kicked strongly to win by a head.  Mummify then went to the Caulfield Cup with 56kg but didnít handle the track conditions finishing well back.  He took his place in the Melbourne Cup but the downpour in the hour leading up to the race made the track conditions wet and slippery.  Fourth by the 800m he lost ground around the turn and struggled in the mud finishing well back as Makybe Diva went on to win her second Cup.



Mummify resumed from a spell in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes and although unplaced he was only 2 Ĺ lengths from the winner Elvstroem.  Carrying 60kg he was well back throughout at his next start as Niagara Falls led throughout and then ran fifth in the Group 1 Australian Cup as Makybe Diva won her first weight for age race.  Mummify then went to Sydney to try and regain form to justify a tilt at the Singapore International Cup.  In the Chairmanís Hcp over 2600m Mummify carried 59.5kg and after being second turning for home faded slightly to be beaten into 5th just under two lengths from the winner.  A week later he lined up in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes where he was in fourth position in running before making ground in the straight to run third to Grand Armee and Delzao.  Back to Melbourne three weeks later Mummify took his place in an Open Hcp over 2000m at Caulfield.  Burdened with 62kg he could only manage 5th place beaten two lengths.  Immediately connections put the Singapore trip in doubt but a last minute change in plans saw Mummify board a plane north.  With only a fraction of the media coverage that had followed Starcraft and Elvstroem on their overseas trips and no televised coverage in Australia of the race it was only the next morning that news filtered through that Mummify had been successful in the highly regarded Group 1 event.  Settling well back in the field Mummify made a strong run for home bursting clear in the final stages.   A spell to prepare for the spring carnival followed.

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