The Sean Tarry trained Legal Eagle took another giant step towards emulating his sire Greys Inn’s historic 2004 Vodacom Durban July victory when he swept aside his older rivals under top weight for a dazzling victory in the R250 000 Gr3 Jubilee Handicap run over the Turffontein standside 1800m on Sunday.
This was a breathtaking July prep.
Sean Tarry had acknowledged in the build-up that he would be happy for Legal Eagle to be running on. After all, he had won the Derby Trial over 200m further in soft underfoot conditions carrying bottomweight – and the 1800m on Sunday seemed a touch on the sharp side.
But that concern was unfounded as Anton Marcus produced the 3yo from some lengths off the pace set by the lightly-weighted Rushmore River.
The 2-1 favourite Legal Eagle lengthened his stride and powered up the outside – making light of his weight load as he went right away from his field to beat Tyrone Zackey’s fast finishing Judicial by 4,30 lengths in a time of 108,78 secs.
The Avontuur-bred Legal Eagle is something of a chip off the old block. He showed that by winning the SA Derby at his last start beating Deputy Jud and subsequent Daily News 2000 winner French Navy.
Story courtesy of Sporting Post. Pic by JC Photo’s.