Wonderful news: IguguRacingNews reported this morning that we finally know the name of the only son the super filly brought to the world in her short lived career as a broodmare. His name is Kikujirou.
The two year old, sired by Dansili, will be in good hands as he will be trained by John Gosden in England.
Great things are expected: Kikujirou has been given an entry for the 2019 Epsom Derby! Obviously it’s very early days and it remains to be seen how good he really is; however, here’s hoping he can live on the legacy of the great filly.
Igugu has been one of my all-time favourites. Up with the likes of Paco Boy, Sea The Stars, Variety Club and Rachel Alexandra she is part of my personal Hall of Fame. Not forgotten, and never will, are her gutsy wins in the Met and the Durban July.
Triumphs so special they stand the test of time.
5.45 Wolverhampton: Class 5 Handicap, 1m 6f
There isn’t allot of ‘form’ on offer in this race. A bunch of out of form individuals that try to find back to the winning ways. That says, four year old Azam has allot going for himself, regardless.
The son of Dansili drops to a dangerous mark, given he ran to higher time-speed ratings in the past and achieved an RPR of 82 on his penultimate start here at Wolverhampton over 12f.
That performance is key to me: he had an awkward start to the race and found himself at the back of the field throughout. Not having a clear run turning for home complicated matters further, yet he finished nicely in what appears to be rock solid form.
Azam drops in class for the first time in quite some time after having to race in better races of higher marks, thanks to a fine Maiden success as a juvenile and a fair handicap performance back in August 2017 in a class 3 Handicap at Pontefract.
This is the easiest task he faces for a long time. Trip wise it’s a question mark. Two miles was too far, whether he really cries out for anything beyond 1m 4f remains to be seen – but he certainly has a fair chance to get 14f alright as he is related to some good middle-distance horses.
A good start will be paramount. Drawn in 11 must not be a disadvantage, as the stats prove. However, Azam can’t give away tons of ground in this big field early on if he wants to win. Given, he’s never done that before, bar the one time three weeks ago, means he is a big chance to be the one in this field who finally gets “1” added in the form bock beside hi name again.
1opts win – Azam @ 4/1 Paddy Power
4.40 Sandown: Class 3 Handicap, 1m
Bartholomew Fair has been pretty disappointing this season as he has never fulfilled the promise he showed as a juvenile. You could make excuses for Derby Trial performance where he was potentially found out for class and stamina, which was also his seasonal reappearance. But his subsequent Haydock performance left many scratching their head.
This is an extremely well bred colt, who won a Yarmouth maiden in very taking fashion last year. Subsequently he was far from disgraced in the G3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket where he ran much better than the bare result suggests as he was always wide without cover and it didn’t help that he was unable to handle Newmarket’s undulations either.
He’s had a bit of a break now and has been gelded in the meantime. Shame because of his pedigree, but something wasn’t right with him as physically he looks top notch, very athletic and scopey. Hopefully this will help him to find his true form. Down to a mark off 87 in this class 3 Handicap, he must rate a big chance if the gelding op has an impact. It usually works well for Dansili’s and trainer Cumani has a good track record with geldings first time out.
Bartholomew Fair @ 8/1 Stan James – 5pts Win
5.15 Sandown: Class 5 Handicap, 1m
I loved Paco Boy – my all time favourite. He’s done well so far with his offspring. Pacolita might not be the best daughter he has produced, but she is reasonably talented and has a massive chance to give her prominent daddy a good winner today.
Pacolita was seriously unlucky in her last run at Wolverhampton. Travelling super strongly, she never got a run until late, her jockey had to take hard pulls several times but she stayed on strongly to the line, suggesting she can cope with another furlong. She gave this indication as well when winning in a dramatic finish at Epsom before over 7f.
Pacolita @ 10/3 Paddy Power – 10pts Win