The Star Late Edition

Igugu ruled out

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CHAMPION filly Igugu has been withdrawn from Saturday’s Gr 1 TBA Paddock Stakes. Mike de Kock’s star pulled up coughing after an exercise gallop on Monday and mucopus was found in her trachea.

Mike commented: “Igugu has developed a respirator­y infection which is not serious, horses normally recover quickly. We’ve treated her with antibiotic­s and she won’t be running on Saturday.”

Traditiona­lly critical of early acceptance­s, Mike said: “We’re now left with a field of six runners in the Paddock Stakes, which doesn’t do the race justice at all. More runners would have stood their ground if Igugu wasn’t accepted last week.

“If trainers were allowed to accept for the race during this week like they do in most jurisdicti­ons overseas, this would not have been an issue. Those who pulled their runners out because Igugu was in the race would have left them in to contest the event.”

He said that plans to contest the J&B Met with Igugu would remain on track and added: “We’d still love to run her in the Met, but we have to take caution all the same.

“We will make a decision at the end of the week because her participat­ion will have a big impact on the betting.

“We will make sure that punters know exactly where they stand.

- Mikedekock­racing.com

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