Igugu Horse of the Year

At the 2010-2011 Equus Awards, there were few surprises when the 3yo filly Igugu won Horse of the Year and scooped three awards.

While in the Media Catergory Sporting Post’s Robyn Louw won the best journalist award.

Igugu owned in partership by Sheikh Mohammed bu Khalifa Al Maktoum and Andre and Joyce MacDonald was trained by champion trainer Mike de Kock, who retained the trainer’s title, and partnered by Antony Delpech in all her races. Delpech was pipped at the post by 9 wins by Anton Marcus to take the Jockeys. Igugu became the first South African filly to win the SA Triple Tiara (Gauteng Guineas, Gr1 SA Fillies Guineas, SA Oaks).  Her oustanding season of eight wins and 2 places from 10 starts included the Gr1 Woolavington 2000 and Gr1 Vodacom Durban July, and placed in the Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas (Ebony Flyer) and the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup (Hollywoodboulevard).

The Australian bred daughter of Galileo was imported by Champion Breeder Summerhill Stud as a weanling for the best value sale in the country – the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

2010-2011 Equus Award winners:

CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD FILLY

Princess Victoria

CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD COLT/GELDING

Delago Deluxe

CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD FILLY

Igugu

CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD COLT/GELDING

The Apache

CHAMPION OLDER FILLY/MARE (Four-year-old and older)

Dancewiththedevil

CHAMPION OLDER MALE (Four-year-old and older)

Past Master

CHAMPION SPRINTER (1000m-1200m)

Val de Ra

CHAMPION MIDDLE DISTANCE HORSE(1400m-2200m)

Igugu

CHAMPION STAYER (2400m and further)

Aslan

CHAMPION STALLION AWARD

Jet Master – Mr and Mrs Devine

OUTSTANDING STALLION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Captain Al – Klawervlei Stud

BROODMARE OF THE YEAR

Sunshine Lover – Mr W J Engelbrecht

BREEDER OF THE YEAR

Graystone Stud – Mr S D Gray

BREEDER AWARD  – EXCEPTIONAL INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT and EQUUS AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT

JJ the Jet Plane – (Breeder – Mr Devine) and Gypsy’s Warning – (Breeder – Rathmor Stud)

CHAMPION BREEDER

Summerhill Stud

WORK RIDER AWARDS

Bizu Mjokwa – Western Cape

Abram Makhuba – Gauteng

MEDIA AWARD

Print – Robyn Louw

Television – Aiden Lithgow

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT

Ronnie Napier

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

JP van der Merwe

CHAMPION JOCKEY

Anton Marcus

CHAMPION TRAINER

Mike de Kock

OWNER OF THE YEAR

Ingrid and Markus Jooste

HORSE OF THE YEAR

Igugu

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