DAILY NEWS 2000 (Grade 1)
Greyville, Turf, 2000m
31 May 2014
Triple Crown winner Louis The King and Cape Derby hero Legislate were widely tipped to fight out the finish of the Grade 1 Daily News 2000, considered the principal three-year-old trial for next month’s Vodacom Durban July. At the end of the 2000m contest, it was Legislate who prevailed, but it was oh so close, as lightly-raced one-time winner Rake’s Chestnut, a stable companion to Louis The King, almost stole his thunder.
Upon settling down, As You Like showed the way from Top Jet and Captain America, while, wait for it, the two favourites brought up the rear. At the top of the straight, jockey Richard Fourie elected to angle Legislate out wide for his run, overtook new leader Captain America approaching the final furlong and surged into the lead. Drama was unfolding behind them though, as a weakening Captain America bumped into Bezanova, who in turned impeded the flying Rake’s Chestnut. The chesnut rallied back in splendid fashion and, although he made up the deficit hand over fist, he fell short by a diminishing short head at the line. After being sluggish away, Louis The King looked in trouble from the start, but he too produced a remarkable effort to scythe through the field for a fast-finishing third.
Hats off to the winner though, who had to overcome an outside draw, took the overland route home and still had enough in reserve to record a superb victory, in the process completing a dream double for the winning trainer and jockey who had teamed up to clinch the preceding Grade 1 Woolavington 2000 with In The Fast Lane.
Trainer Justin Snaith increased his lead at the top of the national trainers log, while jockey Fourie is currently in second on the jockeys equivalent.
“It wasn’t easy and we knew that if we were going to beat the best three-year-olds in the country, we’d have to do it the hard way!” Snaith remarked. “He’ll be a serious horse in the July.”
Dual Grade 1 winner Legislate is now unbeaten in two starts at the Durban track, having also garnered the Grade 2 KRA Guineas in scintillating fashion. The rich winning-stakes here effectively doubled his earnings to just over R2.4 million, a far cry from his purchase price of R100,000 as a National Sales Yearling.
Legislate is one of 17 Stakes winners for Highlands stallion Dynasty and one of five to succeed at the elite level. As stated, the next target for the colt is the Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July, where he will attempt to emulate his sire, who captured the race in 2003.
Bred by Vaughan Koster at Cheveley Stud, Legislate is the first Stakes winner from three runners out of the sprinting mare Champers, whose yearling, a full-sister to Legislate, sold for R550,000 at last month’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. He is owned by Dennis and Gael Evans’ Newbury Racing in partnership with Drakenstein Stud and Jack Mitchell.
Speed is very much a feature of this family. The grandam Classy Play, third in the Grade 1 SA Fillies Guineas, also produced the Grade 2-winning sprinter Black Skimmer (Bog Trotter); Grade 1 SA Fillies Sprint-fourth Champagne ‘N Roses (Goldmark) and the Grade 3 Cape Classic runner-up Dunedin Star (Western Winter). Classy Play’s full-sister Jungle Class won the SA Fillies Sprint and is the grandam of Grade 1 Thekwini Fillies Stakes winner Roxanne (Western Winter) and the Grade 2-winning sprinter Polar Moon (Victory Moon).
Daily News 2000 (Grade 1)
|1||LEGISLATE||R Fourie||Justin Snaith||58.0||11||0.0|
|2||RAKE'S CHESTNUT||A Marcus||Geoff Woodruff||58.0||9||0.1|
|3||LOUIS THE KING||K Shea||Geoff Woodruff||58.0||2||1.3|
|4||CAPTAIN AMERICA||G Hatt||Brett Crawford||58.0||8||1.4|
|5||BEZANOVA||B Fayd'Herbe||Alec Laird||58.0||12||1.6|
|6||TOP JET||G van Niekerk||Mike Bass||58.0||10||3.9|
|7||EVEREST||G Lerena||St John Gray||58.0||7||4.0|
|8||ATOMIC RUSH||S Cormack||Stuart Pettigrew||58.0||6||4.1|
|9||AS YOU LIKE||W Marwing||Alec Laird||58.0||1||9.1|
|10||MERCADO||S Khumalo||Sean Tarry||58.0||3||9.3|
|11||WHISTLE STOP||A Delpech||Mike de Kock||58.0||5||11.6|
|12||EARL OF DERBY||S Randolph||Alec Laird||58.0||4||15.1|
Extracts from European Bloodstock News