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Igugu Sibling Remains Unbeaten

Monday, 5th December 2016

Ngaga, a 3YO Fastnet Rock half-sister to champion South African mare Igugu, made it two wins from as many starts when scoring a determined long neck win in a rating 70 fillies & mares race (1200m) at Kenilworth in South Africa on Saturday. By Coolmore's world-class champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill), Ngaga was purchased by renowned bloodstock agent James Bester for $250,000 at last year's Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Kia-Ora Stud. Ngaga is the sixth foal to race from the unraced Irish-bred mare Zarinia (Intikhab), whose best progeny to date is undoubtedly former South African Horse of the Year Igugu. Igugu (Galileo) was bred in Australia by Kia-Ora Stud and sold for R1 million at the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale. Trained by Mike de Kock on behalf of her owners Andre MacDonald and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Igugu won 10 of her 18 starts including the Gr1 South African Fillies Classic, Gr1 Woolavington Stakes, and South Africa's two most prestigious events, the Gr1 Durban July & Gr1 J&B Met. Zarinia has also produced Australian Gr3 Craven Plate winner Honorius (Holy Roman Emperor) and Gr3-placed Sweet Fire (Shamardal) and hails from the outstanding Aga Khan family of undefeated Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Zarkava.

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