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Galileo's daughter
wins top award in
South Africa

IGUGU, the Australian-bred daughter of Galileo, swept the board at South Africa's Equus awards. The filly became the country's horse of the year, its champion three-year-old filly as well as the leading middle-distance horse.

The filly won the Triple Tiara on her way to her successful run in South Africa’s greatest race, the Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July Handicap at Greyville.

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Galileo's influence honoured in South Africa

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Trained by Mike de Kock for Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa and Mr and Mrs A J Macdonald, Igugu was bred by Kia Ora Stud and is the second foal of Zarinia, an Intikhab mare from the family of champion mare and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Zarkava.

Igugu was sold for A$65,000 when offered at the 2009 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale where she was bought by Livestock Traders. She was then sold for 1 million Rand from the Summerhill draft at the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale in South Africa.

Igugu is one of 23 global Group 1 winners for Coolmore sire Galileo.

South Africa's leading sire Jet Master took the award for the champion stallion - his son Past Master won the title for the leading older male. The stallion has had to be rested from covering duties this season due to viral problems.

Honours for the leading two-year-olds went to Delago Delux, a colt by Australian-based stallion Encosta De Lago, while Princess Victoria took leading filly honours. She is by the Jacobs family's Maine Chance Farm stallion Victory Moon, a former Mike De Kock-trained runner. 

The leading stayer award went to Aslan, a son of Silvano, another stallion based at Maine Chance.

The award for the exceptional international performance went to two horses - JJ The Jet Plane, the son of Jet Master who won Hong Kong Sprint last December and the Dubai Duty Free in March, and last autumn's Matriarch Stakes (G1) winner Gypsy's Warning.

 

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