Horse Of The Year And July Winner Off The Mark

The Cheveley Stud-bred and based champion, and former Bloodstock South Africa graduate, Legislate recorded his first winner on Monday when his first-crop son Speed Machine scored an impressive victory at Kenilworth.

Trained, like his sire, by Justin Snaith, Speed Machine had caught the eye when second, over 1200m, on debut, and the colt went one better on Monday.

Despite taking on older rivals, the two-year-old Speed Machine powered clear, under jockey Richard Fourie, to shed his maiden by four and a quarter lengths while scoring over 1200m.

Out of the Western Winter mare Tamora, Speeed Machine was a R90 000 buy from Winterbach Stud’s 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

His record-breaking sire Legislate, whose first crop are now two, has now had six first crop runners win or finish in the money.

Cursed with poor fertility, Legislate (himself a R100 000 buy from the 2012 National Sale) only has a handful of runners in his first crop.

One of 70 stakes winners for four times Equus Outstanding Stallion Dynasty (also sire of fellow promising first season sires Act Of War and Futura) thus far, Legislate was South Africa’s Horse Of The Year, Equus Champion 3YO Colt and Equus Champion Middle Distance Horse in 2014, and South Africa’s Equus Champion Miler the following season.

The Justin Snaith trained bay won seven times, and emulated his own sire Dynasty by landing all of the G1 Vodacom Durban July (he was promoted to first following original winner Wylie Hall’s disqualification), G1 Cape Derby and G1 Daily News 2000. The current record holder for 1600m at Kenilworth, Legislate won a total of six graded races including the 2015 G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge.

Legislate has a single lot, a colt (Lot 287)whose dam is a half-sister to the dam of the Dynasty sired champion It’s My Turn, on offer at this year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

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