Trainer Mike de Kock has revealed South African champion Igugu will have to enter quarantine on May 6 to be eligible for the Dubai Cup carnival in March 2013.
“It’s really ridiculous,” De Kock said. “But we are following the export protocols as they stand right now.”
The Australian bred Galileo mare is South Africa’s reigning Horse of the Year and will be favourite to retain the title in 2011-12 after becoming the first horse in 75 years to double up in the Durban July and J & B Met in January.
Due to protocols designed to control African Horse Sickness, Igugu will spend 19 days at the Kenilworth Quarantine Station, then 90 days in Mauritius and another month in England. “For Igugu to compete internationally at the end of this year and in Dubai, we have to get her out of the country about now,” De Kock explained. “We have no choice but to make early arrangements.”
Igugu (4f Galileo – Zarinia by Intikhab) is out of an Aga Khan homebred and hails from the family of his 2008 Arc de Triomphe winner Zarkava (Zamindar). “She almost had no right to win the J&B Met,” De Kock declared. “She was probably only 90% fit after a respiratory infection and to dig down so deep was just unbelievable.”
Igugu was sold by Kia Ora Stud for $65,000 at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.