Champion retires to Drakenstein Stud

The Cheveley Stud bred Legislate, South Africa’s Horse Of The Year of 2014, has been retired to stud, following a disappointing run in Friday night’s G2 The Independent On Saturday Drill Hall Stakes.



Currently owned by John Freeman, Jack Mitchell and Drakenstein, Legislate retires to Drakenstein Stud having won seven of his 19 outings.

Legislate’s victories included four Grade One triumphs –the Vodacom Durban July (which he won on disqualification of original winner Wylie Hall), the Investec Cape Derby, Daily News 2000 and Rising Sun Gold Challenge.

He was also placed in three other G1 races, and was second in this year’s L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.

The handsome bay proved a bargain yearling purchase –he cost just R100 000 at the 2012 National Sale but earned more than R5.7 million during his illustrious career.



Legislate will join former stable mate Futura, as well as the likes of Duke Of Marmalade, Kingsbarns, Philanthropist, Trippi and What A Winter at Drakenstein where he will begin his stud career this year.

Legislate, who picked up four Equus Awards during his illustrious career, is a son of Dynasty and the Restructure mare Champers.

His sire, and former Horse Of The Year, Dynasty, who stands at Highlands Farm, is currently one of the best sires in South Africa, and has three Horse Of The Year sons to his credit (Futura, Irish Flame and Legislate), with his top performers this season including the classic winners Bela-Bela and It’s My Turn.

Bred on the same Sadler’s Wells/Danehill cross as the legendary Frankel, Legislate is out of a half sister to former top sprinter Black Skimmer and is from the same family as G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Roxanne.

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