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He’s Winging It To R10 Million!

Green Point Stakes double for Tarry star

Dual SA Horse Of The Year Legal Eagle registered a double in Saturday’s R400 000 Gr2 Green Point Stakes at Kenilworth and set himself up for a possible record-equalling third successive L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate victory on 6 January.

Anton Marcus gets Legal Eagle home ahead of Edict Of Nantes (Piere Strydom) and Captain America (Corne Orffer) in a great finish (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

The last horse to achieve the notable feat in South Africa’s premier weight-for-age mile was Pocket Power, back in 2010.

The Sean Tarry-trained superstar son of Greys Inn, Legal Eagle made it seven wins from seven starts over 1600m and, as if we doubted it, once again confirmed his ranking as our champion miler.

In typical Legal Eagle fashion, his win was workmanlike – but who needs flash when your horse has earned close on R10 million in 20 starts? And the Avontuur-bred 6yo has accumulated his cash the hard way – no sales races on this cv!

Tellytrack on-course presenter Stan Elley, coincidentally the trainer of Kapil, who chased Pocket Power home on that historic day seven years ago, summed up the quality afternoon of racing well – suggesting that he and some ‘old salts’ – no names, no pack drill – had the hair standing up on their arms recalling some of the glory days of the game as they watched the likes of Legal Eagle and Snowdance go through their paces.

The champion on the way to start (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

While the on-course crowds appear to have been lost forever – beyond the Peninsula Room Ladies Day function, there was no life on course – it is great to see that we can still produce champions on the track – even if we can’t find any in the marketing arena!

Jumping in a seven horse field, Anton Marcus allowed Legal Eagle to track Captain America all the way around, before making his move halfway down the straight.

With the gutsy Captain America refusing to throw in the towel, it was left to the Daily News 2000 winner  Edict Of Nantes to sneak through down the rail and keep Legal Eagle honest.

A half length separated the 15-10 Legal Eagle and Edict Of Nantes at the line, with the winner clocking 97,45 secs.

Captain America was not disgraced a further half length back, with Gold Standard failing to fire and finishing 2 lengths further back to round off the quartet.

The rest didn’t feature.

Anton Marcus explains what happened to Sean Tarry and Derek Brugman (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

A visibly emotional Anton Marcus was thrilled with the win by one of his favourite horses.

‘I have plenty of respect for Captain America so I didn’t want to get into a dogfight. I must add that Edict Of Nantes will be the improver out of the race in my opinion,” he said.

Sean Tarry, who missed his wife’s birthday to supervise the victory, said that he was pleased by the star’s performance.

“I am always mindful not to overcook him as he cannot be at his peak yet. I just want to thank Monique Mansour, who is ably assisted by a strong team down here. They have done a great job. I am very proud today – and can I just wish my wife a happy birthday? Legal Eagle needed my attention more – I am not sure if that is good or bad!” he laughed.

Legal Eagle, who has won 11 races with 7 places from 20 starts for stakes of an extraordinary bank of R9 710 875, was bought by Sean Tarry on behalf of top owner Markus Jooste for R425 000 at the 2013 BSA National Yearling Sale.

Bred by Avontuur, he is a son of Vodacom Durban July winner Greys Inn (Zabeel) and is out of the six-time winning Young Sensation (National Emblem)- who was also trained by Sean Tarry.

Next stop, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.

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9 comments on “He’s Winging It To R10 Million!

  1. dave mollett says:

    This latest win by Legal Eagle makes it even more regrettable that his planned move to race overseas never got off the ground.
    How, for example, might he have fared against Ribchester in the 1600m Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot last June? I fancy he would have turned in a good effort.
    Markus (Jooste) has already enjoyed a great win in the Hong Kong Mile with Variety Club – another race “Legal” might have done well in. Because of our never-ending protocol problems, this year’s race (April 29) is also presumably not possible.

  2. Rod Mattheyse says:

    Were World Sports Betting even there. Either they spent nothing on getting there brand out there or they were ripped off.

    Sitting in the Garett Bar overlooking the parade ring it was great to see some of the horses I admire up close. The horse flesh on display was great but Kenilworth Racing are doing there best to make people not want to return again. Service is poor on every level from restaurants to tote windows, repeated requests to get the tote screen changed from showing the first race at turffontein, which was due in over 2 hours,to the local meeting fell on deaf ears

    People were turned away but 2 of the 8 tables never got used until after the main race and it looked like staff using it.

    The serving staff apologized for taking 25 minutes to make a cappuccino and explained that they would do it differently as it does not make sense that the same guy must be bar man barista and also fetch the clean cups and glasses, he was grateful that he did not have to wash up as well.

    The toilet facilities have not been spruced up since polo classic won the Met!!!! The main grandstand had building leftovers of half bricks rusty nails and screws strewn all over the place. Very dirty in general.

    The fact that the horses on display could not draw a few hundred people to the track is an indictment on Kenilworth Racing – maybe management were not that into it as they missed out on an island hop.

    They staff were super efficient in ensuring I left before the “all clear” of the last. Will have to cash my Samsara ticket at the ofcourse somewhere!

    1. Editor says:

      Referred to Kenilworth Racing for a comment, thanks Rod

      1. Kim Jong-un says:

        Ed any responce for a comment – or did you to get the middle finger just like Joe public?

    2. James Darmody says:

      Well done Rod – A very similar experience to mine that I wrote about in the mail Box. Obviously the powers at be do not read the sporting post .
      Maybe one day they will wake up .

      I agree Betting World are getting the short end of the straw big time. No wonder they are sponsoring the Cobra’s now , money much better spent .

      It is actually embarrassing taking a new person or a family member to the races these days as you never know what you are going to get. All they say afterwards What is all the Hype About .

      Phumelela are supposed to put on the show with Racing Its a Rush , but their whole strategy leaves much to be desired. Figures of R15 Mill have been spent on the Its a Rush Campaign , What a waste of money, as very little has changed .

      All the best Western Cape Racing and Phumelela . In God we trust you know what you are doing.

      As for the horse 10 out fof 10 – Saw the champ back , saw a new champ emerge and many other great athletes.

      1. Don says:

        James, RIAR is not responsible for on-course service.

        1. Roderick Mattheyse says:

          I dont want to disappoint Leon, so with my love for the drama here goes:

          Racing It’s a Rush will be remembered as the biggest disaster of my lifetime….. a distant second will be state capture

          1. Kim Jong-un says:

            Don that is so week it is scary so what are Riar responsible for entertining guests and drinking wine. Pull the other leg.

  3. Kim Jong-un says:

    Fantastic horse this , a privilege to watch him always step up to the plate especially over a mile. As for the overseas campaign that might have been seen as self inflicted as the costs to the USA which was the route , became a problem. Hard to think that Mr Jooste spends Zillions and could buy the airplane that the costs were the excuse given by Racing Manager Derek Brugman .

    For us I am grateful the champ is here so I can watch him win like yesterday . Bring on the Queens Plate .

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