(Photo : Hong Kong Jockey Club)
AUDEMARS PIGUET QUEEN ELIZABETH II CUP (Group 1)
Sha Tin, Turf, 2000m
28 April 2013
Mike believes the Summerhill Ready To Run graduate is just about back to her best and commented: “Both our runners travelled well from Dubai and Igugu is the fittest we’ve had her in quite a while. She’s got better and better. She is getting back to what we all know she is capable of. Things didn’t go her way in Dubai during the Carnival. But I think things have turned for her and we’re expecting a big run.”
Anthony Delpech has made the trip to Hong Kong to ride Igugu, while Irish jockey Colm O’Donoghue will partner Treasure Beach, of whom Mike said: “He’s a smart horse and you can ignore his Dubai World Cup run, which came a bit soon. We didn’t have enough time to get him ready.”
Mike’s pair have drawn wide, but he’s never been one to give up before a race because of unfavourable stall positions. The stable won the 2006 QEII Cup with Irridescence and the 2008 renewal with Archipenko.
The last four races from Sha Tin will be screened live on Tellytrack from 9.30 on Sunday morning.
Extract from Mike de Kock Racing