Igugu winner of the SA Triple Tiara and Horse of the Season
Igugu winner of the SA Triple Tiara and Horse of the Season

Igugu - Horse of the Season

(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

HIGHVELD RACING AWARDS

21 May 2011

Igugu was named Horse Of The Season at the Racing Association’s Highveld Feature Season Awards on Saturday night.

The Mike de Kock-trained filly was a worthy winner of the accolade after becoming the first filly in history to win the SA Triple Tiara, which comprises the Gauteng Fillies Guineas over 1600m, the SA Fillies Classic over 1800m and the SA Oaks over 2450m.

The 2009 Summerhill Ready To Run graduate won by a landslide with every member of the panel of judges, comprising Nicci Garner, Jack Milner, Lennon Maharaj, Germaine Maharaj, Shaheen Shaw, Patrick Davis and Darryl Maree, giving her the nod. The equine awards were adjudicated by the panel, while the winners of the champion breeder, apprentice, jockey and trainer awards were calculated on a point system according to graded and listed races won. The champion owner was decided on stakes earned in feature races during the season.

Igugu also won the award as Champion Three-Year-Old Filly, while her trainer Mike de Kock was named Champion Trainer and his stable also collected Ilsanpietro’s Champion Stayer award.

One other horse collected two awards, and that was Horse Chestnut Stakes and Empress Club Stakes winner Dancewiththedevil, who took the awards as Champion Older Horse and Champion Middle Distance Horse. She was bred and is owned and trained by St John Gray.

2011 HIGHVELD SEASON AWARDS

Champion Two Year Old Filly

HIDDEN BEAUTY

Trainer Paul Matchett

Owner Fred Crabbia

Champion Two Year Old Colt / Gelding

DELAGO DELUX

Trainer Charles Laird

Owners Ingrid and Markus Jooste

Champion Three Year Old Filly

IGUGU

Trainer Mike de Kock

Owners Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

and Andre & Joyce Macdonald

Champion Three Year Old Colt / Gelding

ENGLISH GARDEN

Trainer Mike Bass

Owner Lady Lilford

Champion Older Horse

DANCEWITHTHEDEVIL

Trainer St John Gray

Owner St John Gray

Champion Sprinter

VAL DE RA

Trainer Dennis Drier

Owner Avontuur Estate (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mr B A I Taberer)

Champion Middle-Distance Horse

DANCEWITHTHEDEVIL

Trainer St John Gray

Owner St John Gray

Champion Stayer

ILSANPIETRO

Trainer Mike de Kock

Owner Fazenda Mondesir International (Nom: P C P de Castro)

Champion Sand Specialist

IRON CURTAIN

Trainer Robbie Sage

Owner Bridget Oppenheimer

Horse Of The Season

IGUGU

Trainer Mike de Kock

Owners Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

and Andre & Joyce Macdonald

Champion Apprentice

JP VAN DER MERWE

Champion Jockey

ANTHONY DELPECH

Champion Trainer

MIKE DE KOCK

Champion Breeder

SUMMERHILL STUD (PTY) LTD

Champion Owner

INGRID AND MARKUS JOOSTE

Extract from Tab Online

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