The Cheveley Stud bred and based Legislate, South Africa’s Horse Of The Year in 2014, has made a very pleasing start with his first two-year-olds this season.
Legislate’s first two runners both caught the eye, with his son Legitimise finishing third second time out, and Legislate filly Zimbaba finishing over 1000m on debut.
The handsome bay was one of the very best sons of deceased Horse Of The Year Dynasty, a four times Equus Outstanding Stallion and sire, to date, of 68 stakes winners and more than 100 black type horses in total.
Legislate, who hails from the same family as last season’s Equus Champion Gabor, was a bargain R100 000 buy from the 2012 National Yearling Sale.
Sent into training with Justin Snaith, Legislate went on to win seven of his 20 starts, while banking in excess of R5.7 million stakes.
South Africa’s Champion 3YO Colt and Champion Middle Distance Horse of 2014 (he was the country’s Champion Miler the following season), Legislate won six graded races, with his tally of G1 triumphs headed by scores in all of the G1 Vodacom Durban July, G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge, G1 Investec Cape Derby and G1 Daily News 2000.
Placed in a further three G1 contests, Legislate also showed his class when slamming an outstanding field to win the 2014 G2 Lanzerac Le General Green Point Stakes while smashing the course record.
Vaughan Koster, who bred and stands Legislate, is delighted with his champion’s start this season, and says, “Legislate is very much alive and kicking at Cheveley. He has had a wonderful start and we can only hope he goes from strength to strength. “
The champion, who holds the 1600m course record at Kenilworth, has two yearlings at February’s Cape Yearling Sale –a filly (Lot 98) out of a winning Jallad half-sister to G2 Premier Trophy winner Milton, and a colt (Lot 156) from the family of Dynasty’s high-class son Noble Secret.