IGUGU means “jewel” in Zulu and this superstar Mike de Kock-trained Galileo three-year-old filly was the jewel of Saturday’s racing at Greyville, cruising to another facile Grade 1 win in the Woolavington 2 000, writes DAVID THISELTON.
The Mike de Kock-trained filly was “freshened up” after her famous Triple Tiara win in Johannesburg in which she won the Grade 2 Gauteng Guineas, the Grade 1 SA Fillies Classic and the Grade 2 SA Oaks by a combined margin of 20 lengths.
However, she still started at 1-4 favourite and led from start to finish.
She quickened clear at the top of the straight and found another gear when the challengers came, winning comfortably by 2,75 lengths from the Grade 1 Paddock Stakes winner Emerald Cove and her de Kock stable companion Berry Blaze.
The latter is Irish-bred and six months younger, but is rapidly improving and found some support into 3-1, but her threatening run from last position was repelled quite easily by the front pair in the end.
Igugu was bred in Australia and is owned by Sheik Mohamed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. She will remain the July favourite, although the Daily News time was more than a second quicker than hers’ and the top five in the latter race are sure to enjoy support too.
Jockey Anthony Delpech said: “I don’t think I will ride a filly as good as this in my career”.
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