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Nine out of nine for Legal Eagle!

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The Braam Van Huyssteen, William Henderson and Hedley McGrath owned champion Legal Eagle scored a decisive win in the G1H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes, at Turffontein on Saturday.

Bred by Avontuur Thoroughbred Estate, Legal Eagle was winning the Horse Chestnut Stakes for a third year running.

South Africaís reigning Horse Of The Year maintained his unbeaten record over 1600m (Legal Eagle is unbeaten in nine attempts over the mile) under a superb front running ride from regular rider Anton Marcus.

The latter allowed the champion to set a comfortable pace up front, and the pair stayed on to post a comfortable neck win over 2017 G1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes winner Nother Russia.

In scoring his 13th victory on Saturday (and eighth G1 win), Legal Eagle pushed his earnings to an impressive R11 463 375.


Legal Eagle was one of three winners for Sean and his team on Saturday.

Sean and owner Antony Beck look to have a very nice filly in the form of Celtic Sea. The latter romped to an impressive 2.5 length win, as tote favourite, in Saturdayís G3 Pretty Polly Stakes, with stable mate Urban Oasis not disgraced in fourth. While the Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred filly was receiving 3kgs from the runner up, Celtic Sea was making just her second racecourse outing and looks to have scope to go onto bigger and better things.

Celtic Sea, a daughter of Klawervleiís late, great sire Captain Al, also provided former champion jockey SíManga Khumalo with a first feature race success since SíManga returned from a lengthy layoff.

The yard also tasted success with the consistent Imperial Ounce, who broke his maiden over 1600m under Lyle Hewitson on Saturday. Sean Tarry Racing CC owns the gelding in partnership with Mr and Mrs Klaasen. It was a well deserved victory for the consistent gelding, who had notched up placings in his last four outings.

Sean was also a little unlucky not to win the G3 Protea Stakes with Pomodoro colt Cirillo, who went close to providing SíManga Khumalo with a graded double on the day. Cirillo, runner up in the Kuda Sprint at his previous outing, ran on strongly and only went down a head to hot pot favourite Bold Eagle-an impressive winner of the Listed Storm Bird Stakes at his previous outing.
On this showing, Cirillo looks more than capable of picking up a decent prize during the season! Another Pomodoro colt from the Tarry yard, Royal Italian, maintained his consistent form by taking fourth place in the Protea Stakes.




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