Rosedene Stud’s resident sire Greys Inn has been red hot this season and the champion son of Zabeel was back in the news this weekend.
His son, Legal Eagle, picked up the third Grade One win of his career when sauntering home to win the H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes at Turffontein on Saturday by 3.5 lengths over R3 million plus earner, and last year’s Horse Chestnut winner, Captain America.
The brilliant four-year-old, who ridden by regular pilot Anton Marcus, looked to be in trouble when 3yo New Predator rushed past Legal Eagle, but the Sean Tarry trained gelding, who looks a potential contender for Horse Of The Year honours, came back with a devastating turn of foot to go on to win the 1600m race as he liked.
Legal Eagle, who was bred by Avontuur Farm, has now won six of just 11 outings (he also ran second in the G1 J&B Met earlier in the year) and has earned over R3.4 million.
The gelding, whose previous top level wins included the G1 SA Derby (over 2450m) and the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, is now likely to run next in the R4 000 000 Champions Challenge at the end of April.
His sire, former triple G1 winner Greys Inn, has enjoyed red letter season thus far, with the former Vodacom Durban July winner’s other notable performers including Dubai star Forries Waltz (winner of the G2 Al Rashidiya) and G3 Chairman’s Cup winner King Of Pain. His runners have already earned over R4.6 million (in South Africa) this season and Greys Inn currently ranks above such sires as Tiger Ridge, Fort Wood, Count Dubois and Elusive Fort.
Greys Inn has 12 lots on offer at next week’s Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale –including a half brother to G3 Winter Classic hero Royal Dreamer (Lot 16), a filly out of five time stakes winner Frozen In Time (Lot 57), and a half brother to G3 performer La Foce (Lot194).