LEGAL Eagle, a son of 2004 Vodacom Durban July winner Greys Inn, is Horse of the Year for the 2015-16 racing season.
The five-year-old gelding received South African racing’s top accolade when the Equus Awards for last season (1 August 2015 to 31 July 2016) were presented at a plush function hosted by the Racing Association at Emperors Palace last night.
Trainer Sean Tarry’s charge also clinched the Champion Older Male and Champion Miler awards for his owners Markus and Ingrid Jooste.
Here is the full list of award winners:
CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD COLT (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL): ALWAYS IN CHARGE
CHAMPION TWO YEAR FILLY (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL): CLOTH OF CLOUD
CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD COLT (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL): MARINARESCO
CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD FILLY (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL): BELA-BELA
CHAMPION OLDER MALE (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL): LEGAL EAGE
CHAMPION OLDER FILLY/MARE (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL): SMART CALL
CHAMPION SPRINTER (1000-1200 METRES; AGE/GENDER IMMATERIAL): TALKTOTHESTARS
CHAMPION MILER (1400-1600; AGE/GENDER IMMATERIAL): LEGAL EAGLE
CHAMPION MIDDLE DISTANCE HORSE (1800-2200 METRES; AGE/GENDER IMMATERIAL): SMART CALL
CHAMPION STAYER (2400 METRES UPWARDS; AGE/GENDER IMMATERIAL): ENAAD
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
ILLUMINATOR – Glen Puller, Frances Carruthers & Ian Robinson
INARA – Mike Bass, Gaynor Rupert, Ross Fuller & Kevin Sommerville ABASHIRI – Mike Azzie & Adriaan and Rika Van Vuuren
CHAMPION STALLION TRIPPI
CHAMPION BROODMARE YOUNG SENSATION
EXCEPTIONAL BROODMARE ACHIEVEMENT MYSTIC SPRING
CHAMPION BREEDER SUMMERHILL STUD
OUTSTANDING BREEDER AWARD LAMMERSKRAAL STUD
MEDIA AWARD – Print CHARLES FAULL
CHAMPION APPRENTICE CALLAN MURRAY
CHAMPION JOCKEY S’MANGA KHUMALO
CHAMPION TRAINER SEAN TARRY
CHAMPION OWNER MARKUS AND INGRID JOOSTE
HORSE OF THE YEAR LEGAL EAGLE
Photo: Phumelela’s Rian du Plessis (left),with Legal Eagle’s breeder Pippa Mickleburgh, trainer Sean Tarry and part-owner Markus Jooste.