Legendary Czech sprinter Mikesh retired from racing
Son of Majestic Missile was a popular hero in his home country
Mikesh, a son of former Ballyhane Stud resident Majestic Missile who is the best Czech sprinter of recent years, has ended his racing career and will be based as a stallion with Josef Pšurný in Moravia.
The nine-year-old won eight of his 41 races and has earned €65,000.
Besides easily winning easily all the major races in his home country over six furlongs, he scored four black-type places in Germany and Italy.
He was the first Czech-trained horse to race in the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche at Baden Baden, but his favourite track was the straight course at Hoppegarten in Berlin where he finished placed four years in a row in a Listed race.
“In my view, he was the best east European sprinter since Overdose,” said the German champion jockey Filip Minarik who rode him.
Mikesh was one of the most popular horses in the country and a true people’s horse. He was popular thanks to his name - in honour of a talking cat from a fairytale - and had a Facebook profile with nearly 1,000 fans and an unusual biography.
Bred in Ireland by Kevin Foley, the bay colt was purchased for a mere €1,800 as an unbroken two-year-old. Unlike most of his peers, he was not based in a professional racing stable, but trained by his owner in fields and meadows in southern Bohemia.
The horse’s enormous popularity contributed to his sire, Majestic Missile, being imported to the Czech Republic, where he stands under the Darhorse banner.
Watch Mishek win his first race over six furlongs...