10 December 2018

Dual Horse Of The Year, and former Bloodstock South Africa purchase, Legal Eagle showed his class when prevailing in a thrilling finish to win the G2 Green Point Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday.

In the process, the Sean Tarry trained seven-year-old made it ten wins from as many outings over 1600m –and also recorded his third straight win in the Green Point.
Bred by Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm, the gelded Legal Eagle was given a typically well-judged ride by jockey Anton Marcus, with the latter timing his challenge to perfection aboard the multiple Equus Champion.

With 200m left to run the Green Point Stakes of 2018 was anybody’s race, with Undercover Agent, Do It Again, Legal Eagle and a fast finishing Rainbow Bridge all in contention. However, Marcus got Legal Eagle’s head down where it mattered and the pair went on to post a short head win over 2018 G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge winner Undercover Agent, with Vodacom Durban July winner Do It Again impressing back in third and Rainbow Bridge losing nothing in defeat back in fourth place.

Legal Eagle, Do It Again and Rainbow Bridge are all BSA purchases with Bloodstock South Africa purchases thus finishing 1-3-4 in the prestigious Green Point Stakes.

Bred by Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm, Legal Eagle, a R425 000 buy from the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, has now won 15 of 26 outings, with his win on Saturday being the champion’s 12th  graded stakes victory in total.
The son of Vodacom Durban July winning Equus Champion Greys Inn races for owners William Henderson, Hedley McGrath and Braam Van Huyssteen.
Legal Eagle was one of two Bloodstock South Africa sold thoroughbreds to win a graded feature at Kenilworth on Saturday.

The Riverton Stud bred Gimme One Night claimed the first feature race win of his career when downing some high class opposition to land the G3 Cape Summer Stayers Handicap on Saturday for trainer Brett Crawford and recent Summer Cup winning rider Lyle Hewitson.

A five-year-old gelded son of Varsfontein Stud’s red hot sire Gimmethegreenlight, Gimme On Night ran on strongly to post a half-length win in Saturday’s R250 000 –at the expense of Woolavington Handicap winner (and fellow BSA buy) Benjan and long-shot Woodland’s Forest.

Now a winner of five races and with earnings of R497 925 to his name, Gimme One Night races for Mrs Cheryl Gabler, Dr Brian Sarembock, Philip Sarembock and Sea Cottage Properties CC.

A R200 000 buy from the 2015 National Yearling Sale, Gimme One Night was produced by the winning Parade Leader mare Fiesta Queen –whose Captain Al daughter made R2 900 000 at this year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.