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JEBEL HATTA (Group 1)
Meydan, Turf, 1800m
9 March 2013
Jockey Anthony Delpech rode Igugu in work at Meydan yesterday morning in preparation for tomorrow’s Group 1 Jebel Hatta over 1800m on turf, one of the highlights of the Dubai World Cup Carnival’s “Super Saturday”.
Delpech, in an interview with Newzpoint Media, said that the 2011 South African Triple Tiara winner felt “very good” in her preparation gallop, running easily over 1200m with her pace stepped up over the last 400m.
Delpech, who last rode in Dubai in 2007, winning the Sheema Classic for David Ferraris on Vengeance Of Rain, said he was looking foward to the Jebel Hatta.
“It’s great to be back. I haven’t ridden on the new track at Meydan and I’m excited about it. Igugu is a star, we’re all hoping she makes good improvement on Saturday. I don’t know much about the opposition, Mike de Kock will be briefing me before Saturday.”
Delpech said that he would be flying back to South Africa on Sunday and that a return on World Cup night would depend entirely on how Igugu shapes up in tomorrow’s $US300,000 event.
Extract from Mike de Kock Racing