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Galileo filly strikes in South African Group 2

Turffontein: Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Group 2), 1m, 3yo

IGUGU (f Galileo - Zarinia by Intikhab)

Breeder: Kia Ora Stud in Australia

THE Gauteng Fillies Guineas on Saturday provided one of the most international results of the South African season with the first two, Igugu and Hollywoodboulevard, hailing from Australia and the third home, Welwitschia, bred in Britain by Sparsholt Stud.

Zarkava - Christophe Soumillon - after Arc - Longchamp

Igugu hails from the same Aga Khan family as Zarkava (above)

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Furthermore, the trio are by Galileo, Street Cry and Oasis Dream.

Igugu, who won a Listed at the same course in October, is one of seven South African stakes winners by Galileo. The list is led by last season's Group 1-winning juvenile Mahbooba, a stable-mate of Igugu who is currently flying the Mike de Kock flag in Dubai. Coincidentally, Mahbooba is bred on the same cross as Igugu as the daughter of a mare by Red Ransom, sire of Intikhab.

Igucu was purchased for A$65,000 by Livestock Traders at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale in Australia and resold later that year to Andre MacDonald for R1,000,000 at the Emperors Palace Ready-to-Run Sale.

Her unraced dam, Zarinia, was bred by the Aga Khan and sold for €30,000 to De Burgh/Farrington at the 2004 Goffs International Sale. A direct descendant of Petite Etoile, Zarinia is a half-sister to talented hurdler Zarinava and from the  family of Zainta, Zarkava and Saturday's Adonis Juvenile Novices' Hurdle winner Zarkandar.

Zarinia's yearling colt by Holy Roman Emperor is catalogued as lot 365 in this week's Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.




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