Me Oh My Maasir

Date: 20 Jan 2021

Me Oh My Maasir


With form on the board, NZ Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m) nominee Maasir (3 g Proisir - Maakel, by Swain) delivered as a favourite should in the $10,000 Maiden 3YO 1600 metres on 20 January at Te Rapa.


The race was sponsored by Te Akau: Race A Horse with Te Akau - 5 x Karaka Million Winner.

Although not overly happy with the ride aboard Maasir in October at Pukekohe, trainer Jamie Richards wisely gave him time to freshen-up. He was going well when trialling on 14 December at Te Aroha, and warranted favouritism ($2.80 & $1.40) after finishing second to subsequent impressive winner Force of Will (Power) when resuming in the Maiden 3YO 1400 metres on 2 January at Tauranga.

Owned by Te Akau Proisir Pride Racing Partnership (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), Maasir raced well in three starts before being freshened and richly deserved winning at his fifth attempt.

While caught wide in midfield could have proved adverse on better going, it worked out well on rain-affecting footing that downgraded to Slow7. Rider Danielle Johnson had Maasir improving ominously to fifth inside the 600m and he drew out to score by three lengths after making the lead under his own steam a furlong out. It was a dominant victory and one he had always appeared capable of achieving.

“I was a bit doubtful of him handling the track conditions, after he disappointed following rain on the day at Pukekohe, but it ended up being a nice win and I was pleased with that,” Richards said.

“He came out of a good form race, with Force of Will having gone on and won again. He's a horse that has needed a bit of time. We've been patient, backed off him, given him the time and more distance.

“He did it the hard way there today, three deep with no cover, so it was a good effort to put in a dominant performance, really, and he got away from them the last bit.

“He's a horse we think can get over more ground and we might have to roll the dice with a horse like him in a three-year-old staying race, now. But, we'll see how he does and go from there. It was a good strong win by a horse that has a future as he continues to mature.”

By emerging young sire Proisir (Choisir), from a mare by International stallion Swain (Nashwan) that has left four winners of six races, including Kidwelly (Dylan Thomas) who finished second in the Royal Stakes (Gr. 2, 2000m) and fourth in the Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (Gr. 2, 2000m). Maasir was purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $72,500 at the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale, from the draft of Leanach Lodge.

At the time of purchase, Ellis said: “He's a nice horse, been gelded, and had everything we look for. He is correct, walks well, straightforward in his attitude, and showed good athleticism in his breeze-up prior to the sale.

“He's got class about him this horse and I thought he was very good buying. The mare is doing the job at stud and we've been very impressed with progeny by the stallion. Proisir has got off to a really good start.”


Maasir was strapped by Hunter Durrant.


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