Australians dominate South African Equus Awards

Inglis and Magic Millions graduates were honoured at the South African Equus Awards in Jo’burg on Thursday.

Igugu (Galileo) was crowned South Africa’s Horse Of The Year after winning 8 of her 10 starts in 2010-11. Bred and sold by Kia Ora Stud, Igugu cost $65,000 at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.

A G1 victory in the Durban July (2200m) capped a stunning season for the Australia bred filly.  She also swept the Triple Tiara comprising the G1 South African Fillies Classic, G2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas & G2 South African Oaks by a combined margin of 20 lengths.

Igugu then trounced her rivals in the G1 Woolavington 2000 Stakes heading into the Durban July.  She also won awards for Champion 3YO Filly and Champion Middle Distance Horse.

Trainer Mike de Kock will set Igugu for the 2012 Dubai World Cup carnival and her travelling companions will be G1 Golden Horseshoe runner-up Mushreq (Flying Spur) and G2 winner Safwan Encosta de Lago).

Delago Deluxe (Encosta de Lago) was named Champion 2YO Colt after victories in the G1 Gold Medallion, G2 South African Nursery and G3 Protea Stakes.

Delago Deluxe was bred and sold by Baramul Stud for $550,000 at the 2010 Gold Coast Magic Millions to trainer Charles Laird on behalf of owners Ingrid and Markus Jooste.

Jet Master was named South Africa’s Champion Stallion for 2010-11.  His mare River Jetez is tipped to win the G1 Beverly D. Stakes on the Arlington Million card in Chicago on Saturday.

River Jetez is a younger sister to South African legend Pocket Power and she is coming of a Gulf campaign that included a decisive victory in the G2 Balanchine at Meydan in February.