Isivunguvungu meaning ‘storm’ in isiXhosa is a What A Winter colt out of the Tiger Ridge mare Miss Tweedy. Bred by Narrow Creek Stud, he was purchased privately by the Hollywood Syndicate ahead of the 2020 National Yearling Sale.
Named By: Brand Ambassador Odwa Ndungane
Sex: Bay Colt
Sire: What A Winter
Mare: Miss Tweedy
Damsire: Tiger Ridge
Breeder: Narrow Creek Stud
Trainer: Peter Muscutt
Previous Name: Some Light
Purchased: National Yearling Sale, July 2020
Pedigree: View here
A well conformed son of What A Winter, he is the type that should come to hand relatively quickly. The Dam, Miss Tweedy, picked up 4 wins, R287,800, at 3 to 4, 1400 – 1600m, placed 5 times.
UPDATES – Isivunguvungu
August 26th, 2022
He’s had a short 3 week spell after his last start win. He will now prepare for the Cape Summer Season where his mission will be the Cape Flying Championship.
July 30th, 2022
323 – ISIVUNGUVUNGU brings up the 100th winner of the 2021/2022 season in fine style. He tracked the leaders turning for home, quickened up extremely well and drew clear of the opposition. The son of What A Winter was given a confident ride by Winning Form-sponsored Richard Fourie and is trained by Hollywoodbets-sponsored Peter Muscutt. A massive congratulations to nominee Anthony Delpech and the whole Team.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Very impressive win, the 1000m is definitely his best trip.
July 20nd, 2022
He is doing well and will gallop tomorrow ahead of his run in the Umgeni Handicap over 1000m on 30/7/22. Richard Fourie booked to ride. As much as we’ve tried to get him to relax over 1200m he still wants to go hard so essentially he is a five furlong horse.
July 2nd, 2022
Raced over 1200m in the Grade 2 Post Merchants at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf. Finished 7th out of 14 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He pulled hard in the early stages of the race. He may well be better over shorter. He was only 2.45 lengths behind the winner.
June 11th, 2022
Raced over 1100m at Hollywoodbets Greyville in the Non-Black Type Rising Sun Durban Dash. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He raced from just off the pace and stayed on to finish third. Fair run.
May 2nd, 2022
Sporting Post article on ISIVUNGUVUNGU’s win in the In Full Flight Handicap:
Peter Muscutt’s promising 3yo Isivunguvungu suggested he could be one for the notebook with an eyecatching victory in the R150 000 Listed In Full Flight Handicap at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Sunday. Read more here.
May 1st, 2022
299 – ISIVUNGUVUNGU wins the Listed In Full Flight Handicap over 1100m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville today. He raced from just off the pace, showed a good turn of foot and won with ease. The son of What A Winter is a two-time winner and looks to have class. He was ridden to victory by Keagan de Melo and is trained by Hollywoodbets-sponsored Peter Muscutt.
April 14th, 2022
Raced over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good first run after a long layoff and in the company. He looks above average.
January 11th, 2021
Peter Muscutt update: Isivunguvungu’s three months paddock rest is over on Monday 17/1/22. This was due to intermittent hind limb lameness caused by sub-chondral bone pain. He is moving well again and will return to the yard next week. He is very talented and is sure to repay your patience in the Durban Season.
July 31st, 2021
He took his place in the Grade 2 Epol Umkhomazi Stakes. He overraced around the turn and understandably lacked a finish in the straight. He is much better than the run suggests and there should be a lot more to come from the son of What A Winter.
July 27th, 2021
Isivunguvungu, far side, going through his gears this morning ahead of his run on Saturday in the Umkhomazi Stakes over 1200m at Greyville. The awkward draw doesn’t make his task easy either but with the scratching he now comes into draw 7. He still doesn’t want to settle properly early so I am considering fitting a set of earmuffs to him to try and get him to switch off early. See footage here.
June 6th, 2021
He was far from disgraced when finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Gold Medallion. He showed good early pace and stayed on nicely at the finish. He was still very green in running and there is plenty more to come from him. The son of What A Winter has an exciting future ahead of him.
23 May 2021
Isivunguvungu having a gallop at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on 23rd May 2021. He is the horse on the nearside finishing ahead of his galloping partner.
21 May 2021
Isivunguvungu doing well after his impressive victory on the 2nd of May. Pictured here with Hollywoodbets sponsored trainer Peter Muscutt.
May 2nd, 2021
He was ultra-impressive when winning on debut over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Greyville. He was very green in running, but won with authority. He was given a peach of a ride by Richard Fourie and well done to trainer Peter Muscutt. A big well done to Anthony Delpech and Sally Bruss who chose this smashing son of What A Winter. Well done to the breeders Narrow Creek Stud.
March 18th, 2021
Isivunguvungu, centre, going through the stalls this morning. He was perfect at the barriers, loading on his own and standing quietly. Despite being slow out, his competitive spirit kicked in and he charged at his companions when the gap opened. He will jump out again in 10 days time and have a solid gallop at which stage the stable will asses whether he is ready to go to the races.
February 2nd, 2021
Isivunguvungu, near side, finishing off his work strongly this morning but just trying to do too much. He has done everything asked of him this prep and clearly has ability. He has started feeling his shins and that is the reason he is trying to overdo things. I will send him out on Friday for a short spell which will give his shins time to settle and let him relax physically and mentally as he continues to grow, mature and furnish.
January 21st, 2021
Isivunguvungu has clearly started to shed some of his condition and appears to be shaping into an athletic, angular colt. Seen this morning at stables.
January 12th, 2021
Isivunguvungu quickening up the last furlong after an 800m workout this morning. He continues to progress well and is growing and maturing nicely now. He has perfect manners, does everything right and looks to be fairly precocious at this stage.
December 16th, 2020
Isivunguvungu, far side, cantering this morning. All is going well with him. He hasn’t put a foot wrong since his arrival at Summerveld. Although a bit light initially he is furnishing nicely. He has a good forward going attitude, moves well and is very eager to please. He has worked on all the tracks at Summerveld and will start doing some quicker work from next week.
November 26th, 2020
After a stint with Sally Bruss, we have moved him up to KZN where he is currently boarding with Robbie Dawson before he moves to Peter Muscutt to begin full training. Seen earlier this week, enjoying a spot of sun.
October 14th, 2020
He is currently being spelled by Sally Bruss in the Western Cape and is getting ready to come into full training in the next few weeks.