Multiple Group One winning pacer Mah Sish, who was a long-time favourite at Premier Stables, left New Zealand last week and is now a resident of the US of A.
“He had been spelling at Todd Mitchell’s and flew out on Thursday,” advised his former strapper, Sonya Swain.
Know by many of his biggest fans as 'Baxter', Mah Sish was victorious in 15 of his 54 starts in Australasia with stakes in excess of $800,000.
His biggest wins came in the $A400,000 Hunter Cup and the $A150, 000 Ballarat Cup, while he also placed second in the Interdomion Final and the Victoria Cup. Mah Sish was also a creditable fourth in the 2012 running of the New Zealand Cup.
The tough Mach Three seven-year-old, who has a huge will to win, is being trained by ex-pat Kiwi Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman, who is also the trainer of world champion trotting filly, Bee A Magician.
“It was a sad old week at Premier Stables,” said Swain. “I have never worked with a horse with so much character,” she added.
“He is a huge attention seeker, but I love him to bits and hope that he does a great job in America.”
Mah Sish had an uncanny ability of winning on Swain’s Birthday, in fact, his last ever win ‘Downunder’ in The Pure Steel came on that exact day, the 25th of January.
“That was an extremely emotional night as he had been badly out of form prior to the win. I was in tears that night,” she admitted.
Mah Sish was amazingly also successful in the $150,000 Ballarat Cup on Swain’s Birthday in 2013.
Mah Sish was originally trained by Dean Taylor, before being purchased for a six figure-sum by clients of Tim Butt, who took the gelding to the next level.
It is suspected that Mah Sish has been bleeding in his recent races, but in America he will be able to race with the assist of Lasix, which is an anti-bleeding medication.
Also on Mah Sish’s flight were former Reid-McMullen trained horses, Commander Galleon and Destination Moon.
Commander Galleon, a seven win trotter, will be trained by Erv Miller, while Destination Moon, who is a speedy three-year-old brother to Tintin N America, will join the barn of Linda Toscano.
By Mitchell Robertson