European Bloodstock News reported last week that Mike de Kock’s Gauteng Guineas hero Imbongi overcame adversity in the home straight to complete a handsome double in the KwaZulu-Natal version at Greyville on Saturday.
Modern Monet (Modern Day) hit the front in midstretch but then hung to the left, hampering Imbongi, who was eased for a couple of strides. Modern Monet and Cape Derby hero Russian Sage (Jallad) looked to have the race between themselves, until a resurgent Imbongi found his stride in the shadow of the post and he flashed up between the pair to win going away.
Imbongi’s victory was a back-to-back triumph in this race for part-owners Summerhill Stud, who also bred last year’s winner, Dynamite Mike (Fard). By the Nureyev horse Russian Revival, Imbongi is out of unraced Garden Verse (Foveros), dam also of Gr.3 Acacia Handicap winner Spring Garland (Rambo Dancer ), Gr.2-placed Prima Versa (Jallad), and Gr.2- placed Full Spectrum (National Emblem), whose first foal, Oracle News (London News) annexed this season’s Gr.2 Southern Cross Stakes.