Rosedene Stud’s resident sire Greys Inn is the sire of outstanding 4yo Legal Eagle, who picked up the fourth Grade One win of his career when victorious in Saturday’s Premier’s Champions Challenge at Turffontein.
Bred by Avontuur, and a R425 000 buy from the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, Legal Eagle justified his status as the odds on favourite with a comprehensive win in Saturday’s R4 000 000 contest.
Ridden by regular partner Anton Marcus, the brilliant gelding (who had four individual G1 winners behind him on Saturday) stamped himself the leading contender for Horse Of The Year honours with a fluent 2.1 length win over last season’s Equus Champion 3YO, and stable mate, French Navy, with the promising three-year-old Brazuca not disgraced back in third.
The winner, who could be aimed at the G1 Champions Cup later in the season, stopped the clock in a time of 121.77.
Last season’s G1 SA Derby winner, Legal Eagle, whose three Grade One wins this season include both the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and G1 H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut, has now won seven of just 12 outings and banked R5 822 875.
His sire, Greys Inn, has well and truly been in the news this season, with his other notable progeny including G2 Al Rashidiya winner Forries Waltz. One of more than 40 G1 winners sired by the late champion sire Zabeel, Greys Inn is currently South Africa’s eighth leading sire by stakes, with his runners having earned over R7.271 million locally this season. He is currently ranked above such top class sires as Var, Jet Master and Fort Wood.
From a red hot family, the former Vodacom Durban July winning champion’s half sister, Good Judgement, is the dam of yet another likely Equus Award contender –Smart Call. The latter’s four wins this season include both the G1 J&B Met and G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes, and Smart Call is currently on track for a tilt at the Breeders’ Cup meeting in November.