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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
ORMOND FERRARIS
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.