Imbongi tears up the turf in the 2009 Marju Handicap
(Footage : ERA)

If you watched last evening’s Marju Handicap raced over 1300m on Nad Al Sheba’s Turf track, you would have witnessed the rejuvinated figure of Imbongi jumping from draw 12. Kevin Shea positioned the son of Russian Revival at the back of the pack before opening the throttle in the straight and tearing the field apart, to be denied only by a photo-finish-short-head…

“Ask anyone at Summerhill for their recollections of him (Imbongi) on the day of his birth, and they’ll tell you he was born to run. If nothing else was predictable about him, it was that the progeny of his mother, would never be short of heart. The specimen was there, the athleticism apparent as he took his first few steps, so all he had to do after that, was run.

One thing common among Garden Verse’s foals to that time, was the element of guts. Prima Versa is an example. A Graded Stakes performer at two, he was still going strong at eight, while Full Spectrum had the heart of a lioness, which she’s passed on to her talented daughter, Oracle News. As a man who at first seemed to fail and then spectacularly succeeded, Imbongi exemplifies the battling spirit that sometimes has to bend, but never yields.”

Bayete Imbongi.

(Extract from IMBONGI… this horse was born to run)

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