24 August 2020



Yet another Bloodstock South Africa graduate claimed a black type race in 2020, when the regally bred Statute saluted in Fridays Listed Jockey Club Stakes (2000m) at Fairview racecourse.


A R700 000 buy from the 2016 National Yearling Sale, the six-year-old daughter of Dynasty powered home under jockey Shadlee Fortune to land Fridays feature race by a length and a quarter.


Bred by the Cheveley Stud, the Michael Roberts trained Statute, who races for Dr Nic Labuschagne and breeder Vaughan Koster, has now won four times, with Statute having finished third in the Listed East Cape Paddock Stakes at her previous outing.


Roberts said after Fridays win, "She is a very smart sort but her high suspensory lameness has plagued her career. She had to be treated and rested between races. So she never had a genuine chance to show her true ability. When we ran out of time and I saw the Paddock Stakes and the Jockey Club Stakes on the East Cape programme, I recommended to Dr Labuschagne and Vaughan Koster that we stop on the way to stud and take in these two races."


Out of the four time winning Restructure mare Champers, Statute is a full-sister to champion Legislate -South Africas Horse Of The Year in 2014, and now a promising young stallion.


Himself a R100 000 buy from the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, Legislate won seven times, with his six graded wins including triumphs in the G1 Vodacom Durban July, G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge, G1 Investec Cape Derby and G1 Daily News 2000.