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Entries in Ipi Tombe Challenge (4)



Igugu wins the Ipi Tombe Challenge

Igugu - Ipi Tombe Challenge (Gr2)
(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

2009 Summerhill Ready To Run Graduate

Charl Pretorius - FreeracerCharl Pretorius
Mike de Kock, who was involved in negotiations with the UAE government and veterinary authorities about bloodstock export protocol in Dubai recently, is still hoping that Igugu will have an opportunity to compete overseas in 2012.

“There is a small chance that the relevant agreements will be in place early next year and if that happens I’d love Igugu to take on international runners, perhaps at Royal Ascot,” he said after the star filly pulverised her rivals in the Gr2 Ipi Tombe Challenge over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday.

Igugu won from pillar to post under Anthony Delpech, beating Queen’s Bay by 5.25 lengths, with Checcetti in third.

“She’s a once in a lifetime filly,” enthused Delpech and De Kock added : “When you look at horses at the training track every day you get used to them, but when I saw her in the parade ring it struck me how much Igugu had grown and filled out. Her chest and shoulders are bigger. She was impressive, not wound up, and there’s lots to come.”

Igugu will be aimed at the Gr1 TBA Paddock Stakes over 1800m at Kenilworth on 7 January, followed by the Gr1 J&B Met on 28 January.

“If she stays in the country we’ll probably take another shot at the Vodacom Durban July,” Mike said.

Igugu (Aus) (Galileo (Ire) - Zarinia (Ire) by Intikhab (USA)) has won 9 of 11 starts with 2 places and over R4,25million in stakes for co-owners Sheikh Mohhammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Andre and Joyce Macdonald.



Igugu wins the Ipi Tombe Challenge

Click above to watch Igugu winning the Ipi Tombe Challenge (Gr2)
(Photo : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m
4 December 2011

IGUGU (Aus) (Galileo (Ire) - Zarinia (Ire) by Intikhab (USA))
4 Year Old Bay Filly
Owners : Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Andre and Joyce Macdonald
Trainer : Mike de Kock
Jockey : Anthony Delpech
Breeder : Kia Ora Stud, NSW
Win Time : 96.32
Career Record : 9 Wins, 2 Places, 11 Starts
Career Earnings : R4,259,375

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


# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 IGUGU (AUS) 60.0 113 5 A Delpech Mike de Kock
2 5.25 QUEEN’S BAY 57.5 105 1 C Orffer Mike Azzie
3 6.75 CHECCETTI 56.0 89 6 * JP Van der Merwe Mike de Kock
4 7.75 ENGAGEMENT 57.0 100 7 S Chambers St John Gray
5 8.50 END OF SEASON 56.5 86 4 R Fourie St John Gray
6 10.25 DIVINE RIGHT 56.0 86 2 M Yeni Alec Laird
7 18.00 RECONCILE 57.5 101 3 R Fradd Paiul Matchett

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Muhtafal indeed the Chosen One

Must be something about that ‘lucky cat’, the meaning behind his Arabic Name (‘The Chosen One’) or simply a reflection of just how good this stallion is.

‘The General’ has always commanded immense respect from those who have worked with him (he is the lone stallion allowed to be paraded on the right hand side lawn of the stallion barn for example … the others have to stand on the left).

This season Muhtafal has come out firing. 

Three weeks ago it was FIRST AGAIN winning the Gr 2 Ipi Tombe Challenge.

Last week it was Oaks winner VEILED ESSENCE running a nose second in the Gr 2 Premier’s Trophy.

 Yesterday it was THE WALTZ, a runaway winner in the Gr 3 Christmas Handicap.

His biggest fan, Summerhill’s front of house - Megan Romeyn - wants to move the switchboard into his paddock so she can watch him all day long. It would make for a decent blog post I have always thought. Megan would probably just say that horses have a way of working their way into your soul.  


Title Fight

The front page headline on last week’s Sporting Post said it all: “JET MASTER vs THE SUMMERHILL SIRES.”

At Newmarket last night the Gr 2 Ipi Tombe Challenge (1600m) saw two representatives of “The Cape’s New Hero, Jet Master” face “the stallions from the camp of Champion Breeders Summerhill”. Jet Master had the MR 108 rated filly Soft Landing and the well fancied Stratos representing him. Meanwhile Summerhill was represented by First Again, a daughter of Muhtafal, who came into the race with 3 wins and 2 placings from her last 5 starts, Kahal’s Gr 2 winning daughter Bold Ellinore (KZN Breeders Outstanding Middle Distance Female), and Coconut Grove (a daughter of the now deceased Rambo Dancer). Fort Wood, Count Dubois, Allied Flag and London News constituted the sires of other starters in the field.

Ultimately it was no contest, First Again an easy winner against Stratos with Bold Ellinore just 0.1 length back in third.

Muhtafal has another Graded Stakes winner to his name; meanwhile Kahal has 2 Graded Stakes performers in the space of just 3 days: Majestic Sun 2nd in Sunday’s Gr 2 Green Point Stakes at Kenilworth and Bold Ellinore 3rd in last night’s Gr 2 Ipi Tombe Challenge. 

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