Thoroughbreds throughout the Southern Hemisphere turned a year older today, and Auckland Racing Club helped one special four legged friend celebrate in true style.
All thoroughbreds in the Southern Hemisphere share the same birthday on 1 August.
Champion New Zealand racehorse, Mufhasa, was singled out today to be honoured with a special horse-themed birthday party (think carrot cake, candles and party hats), at Ellerslie Racecourse to celebrate his 14th birthday.
(Also becoming the first horse to ever have a birthday party in Cuvée!).
A thoroughbred who claimed prize money of over NZ$3.62 million during his outstanding career, Mufhasa won an impressive ten group one races, Sprinter of the Year on three occasions and was twice named New Zealand Horse of The Year.
Like many retired sporting heroes, he now earns his living modelling and was recently featured as the poster boy for a billboard campaign by the Auckland Racing Club. The handsome dark brown equine also featured at March’s Auckland Cup Week where he led the field of the aptly-named ‘Mufhasa FastTrack Stakes’ out onto the track.
Yesterday, as always, Mufhasa was joined by his strapper and best human buddy, Amy Doran, the team from Auckland Racing Club / Ellerslie Event Centre, and one of his four legged equine friends – “Stanley” - to mark their special day.
Paul Wilcox, CEO of Auckland Racing Club and Ellerslie Event Centre, explains why horses have a universal birthday; “The date is used as a standard measure, based on the equine breeding season so that for example a race involving two year old horses or a yearling puts all runners on an even footing.
“The first day of August is an exciting day for us as it signals the start of the racing season and our passion for these beautiful creatures who are the central point of our industry. We are thrilled to be joined by Mufhasa and the team to celebrate this great occasion.”
Auckland Racing Club would like to thank Mufhasa's strapper / best friend Amy Doran and owner David Archer for allowing their best friend to come and celebrate his birthday at Ellerslie Racecourse.