J&B MET (Grade 1)
Kenilworth, Turf, 2000m
31 January 2015
Time ran out for trainer Justin Snaith Wednesday, after racing the clock to get Equus Horse Of The Year Legislate fully recovered in time to challenge for Saturday’s R2.5-million J&B Met (G1) feature at Kenilworth.
Following a sub-standard performance when running last in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (G1) at the beginning of January, Snaith was holding thumbs that Legislate would recover sufficiently to take part in the Cape’s premier racing event. That was not to be however, leaving Snaith no option but to withdraw his charge from the big race.
“As soon as we took him off the medication he went downhill again. His lungs filled up with muck. He’s still got the bug and I can’t take the chance that he’ll run as badly as in the Queen’s Plate where he ran 10 lengths below his ability. That just shows how sick he was! It would be unfair to him, his owners and the public to run him."
“His owners, John Mitchell, Gaynor Rupert and Dennis Evans aren’t interested in anything but the horse. He’s a champion and has a lot of racing ahead of him. He looks a million dollars and would be the best-looking horse in the parade ring. But I think I’ve made the right decision.”
Snaith said Legislate would be rested for a few months now and a decision about his future would be taken once he had fully recovered from the virus.
Extract from Tab News