The twice Equus SA Horse Of The Year Legal Eagle stays in training this season as an eight-year-old.
Trainer Sean Tarry said it had been a mistake to send the Greys Inn gelding down to Durban for the Vodacom Durban July last season.
It was the first time he had run in the country’s premier race since his three-year-old season and Tarry will adhere to the campaign which he had excelled at in the previous three seasons.
Last year Legal Eagle failed in his attempts to win both the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and Horse Chestnut Stakes for the fourth time in succession.
He lost his unbeaten record over a mile, which had stretched to ten races, in the former event when finishing fourth.
Tarry pointed out that despite having been labelled as ‘disappointing’ by most last season, Legal Eagle had still managed to win two out of eight races, including beating the like of Do It Again and Rainbow Bridge in the Green Point Stakes.
He had also finished just 2,25 lengths back when finishing strongly from off the pace in the Sun Met.