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Legislate Brother Romps To Maiden Win

Trainer Justin Snaith and owner Nick Jonsson teamed up to win the first two races at Durbanville on Saturday.

The pair teamed up to land Saturday’s second race, with regally bred colt The Gatekeeper, with the latter justifying 33-20 tote favouritism when scoring a stirring win in the Racing Association Maiden Plate (1400m).

Always travelling nicely under jockey Richard Fourie, The Gatekeeper hit the front 150m from home and powered home to score by an emphatic three and a quarter lengths.

Making just his third start, three-year-old The Gatekeeper had finished second over 1250m last time out and duly made amends with a fine win in Saturday’s contest.

Bred by the Cheveley Stud, The Gatekeeper was a R2 200 000 buy from the 2019 National Yearling Sale.

A son of deceased top sire Dynasty, The Gatekeeper is the sixth winner produced by four time winning Restructure mare Champers.

The latter is best known as the dam of The Gatekeeper’s brilliant own-brother Legislate and 2020 Listed Jockey Club Stakes winner Statute (also by Dynasty).

A record holder over 1600m at Kenilworth, Legislate was named South African Horse Of The Year, Champion 3YO Colt and Champion Middle Distance Horse in 2014. The bay star, also trained by Justin Snaith, was subsequently named Champion Miler the following season, with Legislate winning a total of four G1 races during his career with his triumphs including a promoted to first score in the G1 Vodacom Durban July.