Igugu (Aus) - Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Grade 2)
(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)
“THE BLOSSOMING GUINEAS ROMANCE”
If you’re anything of a statistician, you’d be forgiven for believing there was a blossoming romance developing between graduates of the Summerhill paddocks and the Gauteng Colts and Fillies Guineas. The procession led by Mike de Kock’s Igugu and Charles Laird’s Hollywoodboulevard in Saturday’s renewal of the Fillies Guineas marked the fourth victory for the farm in the past three seasons, commencing in 2009 with Imbongi (Colts Guineas), the exacta of Pierre Jourdan and Havasha in the Colts, and Fisani in the Fillies equivalent in 2010.
It’s a fairly conventional bet that, together with Ebony Flyer, the duo of Igugu and Hollywoodboulevard are the best Three Year Old fillies in the land, and race goers have a mouth-watering prospect to look forward to when this trio finally race in KZN this winter. For the time being, its one all between the Summerhill pair (Hollywoodboulevard prevailed in the R1,5 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup,) while Igugu took her revenge over the extra furlong Saturday, and the latter will be looking to avenge her half length loss to the “Flyer” in the Cape Fillies Guineas.
This was the first outing for Igugu since Sheikh Mohammed acquired Summerhill’s residual interest in the filly, and she is now headed via the Triple Tiara for the Vodacom Durban July (Africa’s greatest horserace) on the first Saturday in July. Quite apart from the huge sense of reward our old friend Andre Macdonald must be feeling for his R1 million purchase, Igugu’s win is another feather in the cap of “Sheikh Mo’s” already spectacular summer of racing bliss. His big pay day, it seems, looks likely to be a month hence at the Dubai World Cup meeting.
Summerhill graduates celebrated a few other big cheques on the weekend, as Arabian Mist suffered an exasperating defeat under top weight in the Hawaii Stakes (Gr2), Fisani approached her best again in the Acacia (Gr3) with the riding tactics, Dolomite went close in the Aquanaut (Gr3), and Maji Moto gave notice he is a Stakes class racehorse with a two-in-a-row romp in the last.