Igugu, favourite for the Vodacom Durban July
Igugu, favourite for the Vodacom Durban July

Igugu - Vodacom Durban July Favourite

(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)


2 July 2011

Jack Ramsay, a doyen of racing journalism in South Africa through much of the 20th century, will be watching his 69th Durban July on Saturday and fancies the favourite, Summerhill Ready to Run Graduate, Igugu, very strongly.

Ramsay, a.k.a. JR to his fellow racing scribes, will turn 90 about a week after the Vodacom sponsored event and racing has been in his blood for his whole life.

He said, “Next to Dynasty, (the 2003 winner) Igugu has the best characteristic to win the July. I think she is something special. She has a magnificent stride and just wants to win. She has that ‘come and get me’ presence about her. I felt as confident before Dynasty’s win. People tried to find fault with him even though, like Igugu, he had done everything. What did they want him and what do they want her to do - sit up and sing?!”

Ramsay views The Apache and Run For It as Igugu’s main dangers. He said, “Seldom does a bad horse win the Dingaans and The Apache won it very easily. Then, considering he had come back from a long break, his win in the Daily News 2000 was excellent. Run for It’s J&B Met run (third place) was very good. He has done nothing wrong and I think he is only now coming to his peak.”

Regarding the pace, Ramsay said, “I don’t think the pace will affect Igugu. She has the speed to be up there and has the stamina to stay all day. She also has a very good jockey, Anthony Delpech.”

Ramsay said that two July’s stood out as his most memorable, “Sea Cottage’s dead-heat with Jollify in 1967 and when Mowgli (bred, raised and raced from what is now Summerhill) beat Radlington in 1952 were the best.” He was working for the Rand Daily Mail in 1952 and The Mercury in 1967 and tipped both of these great horses to win.

Extract from The Mercury

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

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