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Takingthepeace Winks at Triple Tiara with SA Fillies Classic Win

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Takingthepeace Winks at Triple Tiara with SA Fillies Classic Win

CTS-offered Takingthepeace, at R240,000 a small buy by racing’s standards for new owners Murray Makepeace and Michael Shea in partnership with Mike de Kock, took Saturday’s Gr1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Classic over 1800m at Turffontein to secure the second leg of the 2018 Triple Tiara and put herself in line for turf immortality and a R1-million bonus.

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Igugu Delivers SA Oaks and SA Triple Tiara

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Igugu Delivers SA Oaks and SA Triple Tiara

England was presented with a new princess on Friday when Prince William married his Catherine with much pomp and ceremony writes Nicci Garner. A day later on Champions Day at Turffontein, South Africa crowned its own princess with almost as much revelry when Igugu (AUS) (Galileo (IRE) - Zarinia (IRE) brought a huge crowd to its feet as she annihilated her opposition in the R750,000 SA Oaks (Grade 2) to take the SA Triple Tiara, and the R1-million bonus.

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IGUGU GLIDES TO 10 LENGTH SA FILLIES CLASSIC VICTORY

Igugu winning the SA Fillies Classic for trainer Mike de Kock
Igugu winning the SA Fillies Classic for trainer Mike de Kock

Click above to watch Igugu (AUS) winning the SA Fillies Classic (Gr1)

(Photo : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

R1,000,000 SA FILLIES CLASSIC (Grade 1)

Turffontein, Turf, 1800m

26 March 2011

“2nd LEG OF SA TRIPLE TIARA”

IGUGU (Aus) (Galileo (Ire) - Zarinia (Ire) by Intikhab (USA))

3 Year Old Bay Filly

Owners : Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Mr and Mrs Andre Macdonald

Trainer : Mike de Kock

Jockey : Anthony Delpech

Breeder : Kia Ora Stud, NSW

Win Time : 113.40

Career Record : 5 Wins, 2 Places, 7 Starts

Career Earnings : R1,580,635

Igugu is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

FINAL RESULTS

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

IGUGU (AUS)

58.0

107

3

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

2

10.25

LAS RAMBLAS

58.0

90

7

S Brown

James Goodman

3

11.50

BERRY BLAZE (IRE)

58.0

80

5

R Simons

Mike de Kock

4

12.00

HOLLYWOODBOULEVARD (AUS)

58.0

103

2

G Figueroa

Charles Laird

5

14.25

STORMY COAST

58.0

94

4

D David

George Scott

6

22.50

CHANCES ARE

58.0

89

1

F Naude

Joe Soma

7

24.00

LOUVRE

58.0

82

6

G Lerena

Weiho Marwing

8

28.00

RED DELICIOUS

58.0

76

8

G Hatt

Sean Tarry

Late Scratching

9

0.00

CHECCETTI

58.0

97

7

M Odendaal

Mike de Kock

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

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ANDRE MACDONALD : RA OWNER OF THE WEEK

Andre and Joyce Macdonald with Igugu
Andre and Joyce Macdonald with Igugu

Andre and Joyce Macdonald lead Igugu with grandaughters Joey and Gaby

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

IGUGU

SASCOC TRIPLE TIARA CHALLENGER

Mike Moon
Mike Moon

Mike Moon

Igugu will be going all out to win the Sascoc Triple Tiara and its R1million bonus prize for owners Andre and Joyce Macdonald.

The Australian-bred filly secured the first leg of the series at Turffontein last Saturday - the R500,000 Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Grade 2) over 1600m.

Andre confirms that Igugu will tackle the next two legs - the R1million SA Fillies Classic on 26 March and the R750,000 SA Oaks on 30 April.

He expects the 1800m of the Classic to suit Igugu better than Saturday’s mile contest, which saw her trounce her nearest rival by four lengths.

And, with Epsom Derby winner Galileo being her sire, there’s a fair chance she has the pedigree to stay the 2450m of the Oaks.

Andre and Joyce, prominent Highveld owners for many years, bought Igugu on the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale for R1million. Ironically, she was their second choice among Galileo’s progeny on that auction - after they’d been outbid for another filly at R2.2million.

The couple sent their purchase to trainer Mike de Kock, hoping there might be an overseas campaign in her future.

Champion breeder, Summerhill Stud, also sensed special talent and patrons took a minority share.

The filly won her first three starts, including the Grade 3 Joburg Spring F&M Challenge, before going down to Hollywoodboulevard in the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup and then to Ebony Flyer in the Cape Fillies Guineas.

“The Cape Town loss was probably due to the long trip; and there was something wrong on Ready To Run Cup day,” says Andre. “But she showed her true form this Saturday.”

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Makoum recently purchased a half share in Igugu, buying out Summerhill in the process, and the filly carried his silks to victory in the Fillies Guineas.

Details of the transaction are confidential, but Andre declares it to be a “good deal” he is “very happy” with.

The Classic and Oaks are likely to be Igugu’s last outings in South Africa before she is shipped to the sheik’s domain in Dubai.

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GAUTENG FILLIES GUINEAS : THE REVENGE MATCH

Igugu daughter of Galileo
Igugu daughter of Galileo
Hollywoodboulevard daughter of Street Cry
Hollywoodboulevard daughter of Street Cry

Igugu (Left) and Hollywoodboulevard (Right)

(Photos : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

R500,000 GAUTENG FILLIES GUINEAS (Grade 2)

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m

26 February 2011

Matthew Lips
Matthew Lips

Matthew LipsThe eagerly anticipated rematch between Summerhill Ready To Run graduatesHollywoodboulevard and Igugu will come to pass on Saturday when the two renew their rivalry in the first leg of the South African Triple Tiara, the R500,000 Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Grade 2) over 1600m on the Turffontein standside course. The clash promises to be a real humdinger especially if the handicappers have done their sums correctly - they have both fillies rated 103, writes Matthew Lips for South Africa’s leading turf publication, the Sporting Post.

The two Australian-breds have crossed paths once before in the very valuable Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup over 1400m on this course last November, where Hollywoodboulevard famously caused a 25/1 upset and capsized the long odds-on favourite Igugu by one length. There was absolutely no semblance of a fluke about that performance by Hollywoodboulevard though, and the daughter of Street Cry has gone on to win another three races from as many appearances since.

HOLLYWOODBOULEVARD

Now unbeaten from four starts since being teamed up with jockey Willie Figueroa, Hollywoodboulevard was particularly impressive the only time she was seen over this course-and-distance. That was in a Gr3 in November, where Charles Laird’s filly came from last in a field of ten and drew right away to win by four lengths from Without Malice. Hollywoodboulevard has since won twice on the Turffontein inner course, a track which doesn’t really suit her style of racing, and she was badly hampered early before recovering to win her most recent outing in a Gr3 over 1450m. She will certainly be doing her best work late, and there is no obvious reason why she cannot have a lively chance of beating Igugu again.

IGUGU

That said, Igugu was running on very stoutly when chasing home Hollywoodboulevard in the Ready To Run Cup and there is every possibility that she can reverse the form over this additional 200m. Mike de Kock’s charge has not been out since she finished 1.25 lengths second behind Ebony Flyer in the Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas twelve weeks ago, but one imagines that she would have been given a prep race if she’d been thought to need one. Her Cape Town effort was full of merit as she was stuck wide on the turn and she ran on strongly all the way to the line. Third placed Emerald Cove finished a long way behind Igugu, yet went on to win the Gr1 Paddock Stakes next time out. Igugu also promises to be right at home over this stiff mile and Igugu will have a legion of followers who believe she is about to earn her revenge on Hollywoodboulevard.

HAPPY ARCHER

Last season’s Gr1 winner Happy Archer has been a little disappointing of late, but she was returning from a 10 week break when staying on to finish 4.5 lengths behind Hollywoodboulevard over 1450m on the Turffontein inner course earlier in February. That at least represented improvement on her 12 lengths defeat behind the same rival over 1600m in November and Happy Archer may have come on from her last run. It is still asking a lot of her to reverse form with Hollywoodboulevard, though, and in truth the form of the Gr1 race she won at Greyville last July has not turned to be at all strong. She could fill a place, but she has quite a bit to find to win and a merit rating which puts her three pounds below the “big two” in this field may even be still a shade flattering.

WITHOUT MALICE

Without Malice is very consistent, but she faces Hollywoodboulevard on 3kgs worse terms for a recent half-length beating over 1450m and was thumped four lengths by the same filly over this distance when they met at level weights in November. She goes well handy and might try and get the jump on her better fancied rivals, but that will take some doing down the long Turffontein straight and one has to feel that third prize is the best that Without Malice can realistically hope for.

STORMY COAST

Without Malice’s stable companion Stormy Coast may have needed the run after a 14 week lay-off when she lacked extra late and was beaten five lengths behind Hollywoodboulevard over 1450m. Even so she does look to be out of her depth at level weights in this company and Without Malice looks the better of the pair again.

WELWITSCHIA

The big unknown quantity of the race is obviously Welswitschia, an imported daughter of Oasis Dream who streaked clear in eye-catching style to slam ordinary maidens on her debut over 1200m at the Vaal late last month. She recovered well after being slow away and the fact that Mike de Kock considers her good enough to try her hand at this level surely means something. Welwitschia could be even better over 1600m and it would come as no surprise at all if she proved to be truly competitive, and as northern hemisphere-breds go she was an early foal with a January birth date. She still meets her locally bred rivals on unfavourable WFA terms, but it could have been worse. It is a big ask, though, and it is perhaps prudent to stick with those who have proven themselves in a higher grade than maiden company.

FAIR ROSALIND

Fair Rosalind seems best suited to sprinting and faded after racing handy when beaten almost 15 lengths behind Hollywoodboulevard over 1450m last time out. She posted her biggest success in a Gr3 over 1160m in December, and didn’t impress either when tried over 1400m in November. She looks an unlikely threat here.

THE REST

The rest also have plenty to do. Running Rivulet is consistent and set the pace before she finished 4.25 lengths second behind Without Malice over 1800m in November. They meet on the identical weight terms and there seems no real way that the form can be turned around, especially as Running Rivulet is coming here off a three month lay-off. Princess Of Light had every chance but didn’t really quicken when 3.75 lengths fourth behind Hollywoodboulevard over 1450m and she now meets that rival on 5kgs worse terms. She will enjoy going back to 1600m, but should be very well held. Chances Are was beaten just more than five lengths behind Hollywoodboulevard last time and faces a forlorn task on 5.5kgs worse terms, especially as she is not sure to stay this longer distance which she tries for the first time.

ABOUT THE PACE

The pace may not be all that hot, although Running Rivulet and Princess Of Light have done well at times racing from the front and can hopefully ensure at least that it isn’t a crawl. The long run-in should give those racing from further back a fighting chance to show what they are made of, and it is only by a hair’s breadth that Hollywoodboulevard is taken to get the better of Igugu again. Happy Archer, Without Malice and the wholly unexposed Welwitschia make most appeal of the rest.

GAUTENG FILLIES GUINEAS (Grade 2)

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

HOLLYWOODBOULEVARD (AUS)

58.0

103

5

G Figueroa

Charles Laird

2

IGUGU (AUS)

58.0

103

10

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

3

FAIR ROSALIND

58.0

101

4

R Simons

Paul Matchett

4

HAPPY ARCHER (AUS)

58.0

100

1

F Coetzee

Sean Tarry

5

WITHOUT MALICE

58.0

96

3

M Yeni

George Scott

6

STORMY COAST

58.0

94

6

D David

George Scott

7

WELWITSCHIA (GB)

58.0

89

7

J Geroudis

Mike de Kock

8

RUNNING RIVULET

58.0

87

8

M Odendaal

Weiho Marwing

9

PRINCESS OF LIGHT

58.0

85

9

M Mienie

Geoff Woodruff

10

CHANCES ARE

58.0

80

2

F Naude

Joe Soma

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MIKE DE KOCK : IGUGU TO PREPARE FOR FILLIES TRIPLE TIARA

igugu race horse trained by mike de kock
igugu race horse trained by mike de kock

Igugu

(Image : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

“IGUGU JUST AS GOOD AS EBONY FLYER…”

Igugu failed in her quest to beat Ebony Flyer in Saturday’s Grade 1 Avontuur Cape Fillies Guineas at Kenilworth, but Mike de Kock doesn’t believe she is inferior to Justin Snaith’s star.

Igugu, a graduate of the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, raced wide after the start and into the home bend and Mike commented: “This was contrary to our game plan and it wasn’t Anthony Delpech’s best ride. He would have done better to shake her up and go past Ebony Flyer in the early part of the race. The one thing I didn’t want was for Igugu to race behind the favourite and yet she did. Igugu’s fate was settled when she remained wide. She had no chance to win given her position in the race.”

Igugu came under pressure fully 500m out when Ebony Flyer found her stride and headed determinedly for the winning post. She quickened three lengths clear and had the race as good as in bag with 200m to run. Igugu got into gear late and made up much of her leeway, but Snaith’s runner hit the line 1.25 lengths clear.

Mike congratulated Snaith and the winning connections who have plans to race their Jet Master filly overseas.

Mike added: “Ebony Flyer is a smart filly, she was impressive, but in my view Igugu is just as good. She had to travel 18 hours to get to the Cape to take on Justin’s filly in her back yard. It would be nice if they can compete on a neutral playing field. Let’s hope we can see the pair of them and Hollywoodboulevard, winner of the R1,5million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, in one of the fillies features in Durban next year!”

Igugu will return to Gauteng to be prepared for the Fillies Triple Tiara.

Extract from Mike de Kock Racing

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