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Igugu: winner of the Grade 1 J and B Met at Kenilworth

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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.




Galileo £4,265,354
Dubawi £1,332,707
Dark Angel £1,147,811
Pour Moi £1,062,878
Kodiac £1,047,054
Iffraaj £951,514
Fastnet Rock £879,677
Acclamation £875,484
Exceed And Excel £871,975
Invincible Spirit £814,110