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It’s Called Laying Down The Law!

Snaith pays tribute to Gold Circle's commitment

SA national log leading trainer Justin Snaith paid a generous tribute to Gold Circle after his Vodacom Durban July entry and former SA Horse Of The Year Legislate had bounded home to win a Barrier Trial at Scottsville on Wednesday – in the process announcing that he was back in a winning mood.

Richard Fourie and Legislate stride clear (Pic – Candiese Marnewick / Gold Circle)

A winner of the 2014 Vodacom Durban July on an objection, Legislate retired to Drakenstein Stud after an illustrious track career that saw the son of Dynasty winning four Gr1 races, four Equus Awards, breaking the Kenilworth course mile track record and being crowned SA Horse Of The Year.

Fertility issues at stud led to him being brought back into training with the Snaiths earlier this year and Wednesday marked his first visit to a racecourse in over two years.

“I never thought I would be saddling Legislate again,” said a thrilled Justin Snaith after his charge had led his opponents a merry dance in the 1000m dash.

The top horseman thanked the big horse’s owners for their patience.

“This has always been a special horse. I recall he broke the Kenilworth course record in the Green Point Stakes. That was over 100 years of Queen’s Plate fields later! They could have brought all the champions in history that day. He annihilated them!”

The Law! Legislate wins the Investec Cape Derby (Equine Edge)

“But I really need to thank Gold Circle. They have been so accommodating and all kudos to them. It is thanks to them that we have this champion back on track today. They are doing their best to get the best horses to the course,” he quipped, in what is a rare tribute these days from a top trainer to any racing operator!

“It is a long way to go yet. Legislate is quite big still and has only had one minor gallop at Summerveld. The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate is his ultimate target but we may consider the Gold Challenge. There are a few horses missing and we may hit a weaker year this time round,” he said, adding that he would ideally like to step his charge out in the SA Champions Season for the benefit of the public and KZN racing.

On a question as to whether top jockey Jeff Lloyd had been on the line from Australia with regard to a July ride, Justin was non-commital – “Let’s wait and see,” he said.

On his season prospects, he said: “Touch wood – things are going very well. We have to be patient though!”

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7 comments on “It’s Called Laying Down The Law!

  1. hilton witz says:

    On the topic of barrier trials have the rules changed for horses that have raced coming back from 150 day rest or more ?is it from the date of your last race to the date of next race or from the date of your last race to when you accept for your next race?the guidelines i have read dont seem to make this clear and i cannot find anything on the nha website in regard to this matter..

    1. Editor says:

      Referred to Gold Circle & NHA for clarity, Hilton

    2. Editor says:

      From Raf Sheik, Gold Circle Racing Executive:
      The date has not been changed, the understanding is, horses that have not raced for 150 days or more is from the date of the last run to the declaration date of the next run. Similar to Ownership, Starting Stalls, Authority to Act etc.

      1. Pops says:

        Gold Circle through Andrew Harrison stated on 13 November 2017 that barrier trails were for first timers and horses that have been off the track for 120 days or more.So were does the 150 days come from?

  2. hilton witz says:

    Thanks for the reply but it brings me to further questions ..I would like to know why this is not written in your guidelines and rules for barrier trials ,secondly if that is the case then why have your staff at sahra.co.za got bt150 plus days ? for the horse strathdon runnning on saturday or are they also unaware of this unwritten ruling?There is simply no clarity on this issue and if you simply answer the understanding is that its the same for ownership starting stalls etc then why not include the same reasoning when trainers scratch horses and get 12 days suspension FROM THE DATE OF THE RACE NOT THE DATE OF THE SCRATCHING?

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Hilton
      Raf replied:
      Agreed it is a “grey area” and will be sorted.
      12 day suspension is an NHA rule, and I thus can’t comment

  3. Pops says:

    Will Snaith still be gushing kudos to Gold Circle when they tell him it is compulsory to bring his July horses to the gallops 9 days before the July.

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