Friday, 12 August 2011
: Igugu, whose name means jewel in Zulu, lived up to her name when she was crowned the South African Horse of the Year, at the prestigious Equus Awards at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg on Thursday night. She also walked away with the title of Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and Champion Middle Distance Horse.
| South African Horse Of the Year Igugu|
Photo by Liesl King
The Galileo filly, out of the Aga Khan bred mare, Zarinia (Intikhab), was bred by the Kia Ora Stud in New South Wales. She was part of their draft at the 2009 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, where champion breeder, Mick Goss, snapped her up for $65,000. He in turn resold her at the Ready To Run Sale in Johannesburg, where she was purchased by Mr A J MacDonald for R1 million and sent to champion trainer Mike de Kock.
With earnings of R3.9 million, Igugu
has only been beaten twice in ten starts and both times she filled the second place berth. Igugu, who had not seen a race track at the start of the season, ended it as the joint highest rate horse in the country.
Along the way, she became the first filly in history to win the Triple Tiara, with wins in the Grade 2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas (1600m), the Grade 1 SA Fillies Classic (1800m) and the Grade 2 SA Oaks (2450m), all run at Turffontein racecourse in Johannesburg.
Igugu followed the Triple Tiara with a decisive win in the Grade 1 Woolavington (2000m) at Greyville and then she proved herself at the highest level winning the pinnacle of the South African racing season, the Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July (2000m) also at Greyville on July 2nd.
Entering the home straight in the Durban July, regular jockey Anthony Delpech sent the filly into the lead and it was race over. Igugu never looked threatened and the one length victory could easily have been more.
It is a credit to Mike de Kock that he competed with her at all three of South Africa's major racing centres, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. With Igugu owned by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and the Macdonald's the filly is likely to head to Dubai next year.
Another Australian bred, Delago Deluxe
, walked away with the Title of Champion Two-Year-Old Colt. The Encosta De Lago
colt out of Succeeding (Flying Spur) is unbeaten in his four starts with earnings of R790 000. His graded wins came in the Grade 1 Gold Medallion (1200m) at Scottsville racecourse in Pietermaritzburg and the Grade 2 SA Nursery (1160m) and the Grade 3 Protea Stakes (1100m), both run at Turffontein racecourse in Johannesburg.
| Delago Deluxe|
Photo by Gold Circle
was purchased by Charles Laird at the 2010 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast out of the draft of Baramul Stud for $550,000. He is owned by Mrs I and Mr M J Jooste.
Full results are:
CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD FILLY
CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD COLT/GELDINGDelago Deluxe
CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD FILLY
CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD COLT/GELDING
CHAMPION OLDER FILLY/MARE
CHAMPION OLDER MALE
Val De Ra
CHAMPION MIDDLE DISTANCE HORSE
HORSE OF THE YEAR
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