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Racing Warrior
By Jeune from Cleopatra's Girl
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This year Mummify started his spring campaign in the Craiglee Stakes with an unplaced effort before heading to Sydney in search of drier tracks.  Two weeks later he was 4th to Desert War in the Hill Stakes over 1900m before heading to the Group 3 Craven Plate.  Under the topweight of 58kg Mummify led the 9 horse field and kicked clear in the Randwick straight.  First Natural Blitz then Wild Iris gave chase and just when it looked like he was beaten Mummify fought back strongly to eventually draw away winning by 1 ½ lengths.  He was now reaching peak fitness and looked a strong chance to add a second Caulfield Cup to his record.  Topweight with 57kg Mummify was set a further hurdle when he drew barrier 20 which would mean he would jump from barrier 17 after scratchings.  Mummify jumped well and went forward to led and was striding along freely in front as the field turned out of the straight.  He continued to lead at a steady pace until the pressure was put on straightening for home when the Japanese galloper Eye Popper joined and headed Mummify.  The 6yo fought back and again edged to the front and was holding the lead until the 50m mark.  At this stage Railings was flying home from the back and hit the front with 25m to go as Eye Popper edged to second with Mummify in third place. 


Connections were delighted with the effort but seconds later Mummify appeared to stumble and it was obvious something was terribly wrong.  Danny Nikolic pulled up Mummify as quickly as possible but the damage had been done.  As officials descended on the scene they were quickly joined Mummify’s strapper and Lee Freedman.  Vets soon ascertained the serious nature of the injury and recommended the horse be put down then and there.  In an effort to do everything possible to see if there was the remotest chance of saving Mummify Lee Freedman requested he be transported to the Caulfield Veterinary Clinic.  On Sunday morning after further tests it was found nothing could save Mummify as he had shattered both sesamoid bones in his near foreleg and compromised the blood supply to the foot and he was put down.  He was later buried on Freedman’s St Ives property alongside champion sprinter Schillaci. 

In total Mummify started 48 times for 9 wins 8 seconds and 9 thirds with total earnings of  $5,134,320.  He is currently the tenth highest stakeswinner in Australian racing history and is the second highest stakeswinner that was sold at public auction in Australia.  He started 20 times at group 1 level winning 5 race and being placed in 7 others.


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