Bostonian wins for Mufhasa owners

Bostonian (Leith Innes) on his way to a debut win at Avondale today.

Bostonian (Leith Innes), nearest camera, on his way to a debut win at Avondale today.

David Archer enjoyed many highlights with his wonderful galloper Mufhasa and now he can feel excited with a close relative.

Bostonian, bred and raced by Archer Equine Investments Ltd, opened his winning account on debut at Avondale today when taking the NZB Pearl Series 1200.

A son of multiple Group One winner Jimmy Choux, Bostonian is from Keepa Cheval, a winning half-sister to Mufhasa, who won 20 races with half of them being Group One events.

A two-times NZ Horse Of The Year, Mufhasa excelled on both sides of the Tasman, clocking many airpoints for his connections who hardly missed a race.

Though Archer has had other success, it has been relatively quiet for him on the racing front, but that could all change with Bostonian.

Bostonian was actually catalogued under the Trelawney Stud draft at the National Yearling Sales at Karaka, but was withdrawn.

Trained by Tony Pike, Bostonian showed plenty of talent in his one and only trial, winning by three and a half lengths over 800 metres at Cambridge last month and he thrilled his connections when maintaining his unbeaten sequence today.

Ridden by Leith Innes, Bostonian scored by a long neck from another debutante and trials winner, Mongolian Beauty (from the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman stable). The winner’s stablemate, Fashion Sense, completed a Cambridge trifecta when finishing third.

“It was a good win,” said Pike. “He was slowly away and had to work hard to get outside the leader and when Mongolian Beauty kicked away. We probably shouldn’t have been able to run her down.

“I know that Murray [Baker] and Andrew [Forsman] rate the second horse.”

Bostonian was supposed to have made his race day debut earlier in the month.

“We’ve been plagued by wet tracks and bad barriers so we’ve scratched him twice prior to today,” said Pike.

“He drew the outside barrier again, but we decided we had to run him, with more rain forecast.

“He is a horse we’ve always had an opinion of and he is going to improve as a three-year-old as he is lightly framed and still immature.”