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Zimbabwe-bred Ipi Tombe, the heroine of the 2003 Dubai Duty Free in which she demolished…

Zimbabwe-bred Ipi Tombe, the heroine of the 2003 Dubai Duty Free in which she demolished the world’s best middle-distance runners and made trainer Mike de Kock and jockey Kevin Shea internationally famous overnight. She’s pictured above with Pam Rice, who along with her husband Bart went to Kentucky for the Keeneland September Yearling Sale and visited a few stud farms while there. Former Zimbabwe and South African trainer Bart has been based in Korea since 2013 with a string of 26 horses. Pam is the stable’s work rider. Ipi Tombe, born on 10 October 1998 and was the second leg of a legendary double for De Kock on Dubai World Cup Night in 2003 (his charge Victory Moon won the UAE Derby two hours earlier), won 12 races and finished second twice in her 14 career starts, her wins including the Vodacom Durban July, the Dubai Duty Free and the Locust Grove Handicap at Churchill Downs. She was retired from racing due to injury in November 2003 and sent to Coolmore Stud in Ireland. Put into foal to Sadler’s Wells, she was sold to America for £850,000 at a Tattersalls auction in November 2004 and sent to Denali Stud in Kentucky in 2007. She has so far failed to hit the big time as a broodmare and has produced six foals, three of them winners.

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