Igugu: winner of the Grade 1 J and B Met at KenilworthPICTURE: Gold Circle
Galileo sires his first Grade 1 winner of 2012
COOLMORE supersire Galileo made the first step to matching - or even bettering - his amazing feat of siring 11 individual Group 1 winners in 2011 this year when his daughter Igugu secured a hard-fought victory in the J&B Met at Kenilworth in South Africa.
Four-year-old filly Igugu, trained by Mike de Kock for Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, has now won four top-flight races.
Igugu 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 maternal descendant of the great Petite Etoile, Zarinia is a half-sister to talented hurdler Zarinava and from the family of Classic winner Zainta, unbeaten Arc heroine Zarkava and Triumph Hurdle scorer Zarkandar.
Other stars of Galileo's haul of Group 1 winners who will be back for more in 2012 include unbeaten world champion Frankel, fillies' Classic hopeful Maybe, King George hero Nathaniel and Derby candidate David Livingston.