Igugu wins Group 1 Woolavington 2000

Igugu (Aus) confirmed her position as pre-post favourite for the G1 Durban July Hcp with another runaway victory in the G1 Woolavington 2000 at Greyville on Saturday.

The Galileo filly was a class above her own age and sex.  She won by nearly three lengths without being overextended by Anthony Delpech in the final furlong.  Emerald Cove (Captain Al) and winner’s stablemate Berry Blaze (Danehill Dancer) filled the minors.

“I freshened her up after Triple Tiara and she wasn’t quite at 100%,” trainer Mike De Kock said.  “We still haven’t got to the bottom of her yet.”

The Australian bred filly swept the South African Triple Tiara series in the G2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas, G1 South African Fillies Classic and G1 South African Oaks.

Igugu (3f Galileo – Zarinia by Intikhab) will attempt to emulate De Kock’s former champion Ipi Tombe who won the Woolavington on the way to an amazing July Hcp triumph in 2002.

The Aussie expat was a $65,000 buy out of the Kia Ora consignment at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale and was resold later that year for R1,000,000 at the Emperors Palace Ready-to-Run Sale.

Named after the Zulu word for “treasure”, Igugu is the second Australian bred Galileo to score at Group 1 level in South Africa.  Her stablemate Mahbooba won the 2010 Golden Slipper at Greyville and then added the UAE 1000 Guineas earlier this year.

The Dubai World Cup would be an ideal launching pad for Igugu on the international stage next year.