National Assembly / Sporting Post (p)

1984 - 2014

Highlands Stud has announced the death of its stalwart sire National Assembly at the age of 30.

The son of Danzig was retired from the breeding shed in 2008 and his final crop includes the Highlands-bred Soft Falling Rain, a Grade 1 winner in South Africa who landed two Group 2s - the Godolphin Mile and Joel Stakes - for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum last year.

National Assembly produced a slew of Grade 1 winners in South Africa, including Big Brass, Bold Thatch, Deliberation, Duchess Dara, Enchantress, Flight Alert, Forward Filly, Grand Emporium, Historic Lady, National Colour, National Currency and Secretary General.

Another Grade 1-winning son, National Emblem, has ensured National Assembly’s legacy by producing his own glut of top-level winners including last year’s Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint scorer Shea Shea.

National Assembly has also made his mark as a broodmare sire, with his daughters producing South African Grade 1 winners such as Happy Valentine, Laverna and Vercingetorix.

An impeccably bred son of Danzig who descended from important blue hen Grey Flight, National Assembly was sourced by Robert Sangster and Vincent O’Brien at the 1985 Keeneland July Yearling Sale.

National Assembly was unraced due to injury, allowing Highlands Stud to buy him for stallion duty in South Africa.

Extracts from Racing Post