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Sajjhaa wins the Jebel HattaClick above to watch the Jebel Hatta (Group 1)
(Image and footage : Dubai Racing Meydan)

US$300,000 JEBEL HATTA (Group 1)
Meydan, Turf, 1800m
9 March 2013

Igugu, the international favourite for Saturday’s Group 1 Jebel Hatta over 1800m on turf at Meydan, disappointed her legion of followers again when failing to make the frame behind the winner, Sajjhaa.

Setting aside the fact that Igugu looked well on parade, ran a promising race up to a point and actually improved significantly at the turnaround in weights with Sajjhaa (she was only beaten three lengths), Mike de Kock has chosen to put matters in perspective for Igugu’s swell of supporters without going into academic race detail.

He said after the race on Saturday evening: “There have already been a few armchair critics who have written Igugu off, but I want to note that I am not concerned about what we’ve seen from her in her two races here in Dubai. I want to set the troubled minds to rest. There are factors which have contributed to Igugu’s below-par runs, they are things we all have to keep firmly in mind. She’s most certainly not a lost case. Far from it!”

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Actually Mike de Kock has revealed that Igugu has been under serious pressure. Her upset has caused her to come into season repeatedly, she has had to do a months work in a fortnight, and now she has had two hard races. Hard because she is so honest that she always gives everything. I am sure that the splits would once again prove beyond doubt what a great race mare Igugu is, even when not at her best. The Met proved that.

She sure is game! But I am put in mind of Henry Cecil sayng that Frankel tells him what to do, not the other way around. Michael Roberts also says that his style is the tried and tested Irish one of time and patience, and allowing the horses to come to themselves.

Horses who win lots of races, like Sentinel and Black Caviar win the vast majority of them easily. Every racehorse has only so many hard races in them.

Chasing big money all over the world sure is expensive - in good horses!
March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn Atkinson

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