|King’s Legacy rounded out his juvenile season in style when he scored a second straight Group One success in today’s Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.|
A colt who hit the headlines when selling for $1.4 million as a yearling, King’s Legacy proved too strong for fellow Magic Millions sold juvenile Glenfiddich in a stirring edition of the two-old-feature.
The win also meant champion Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman completed the juvenile Triple Crown. He won the first leg, his first Golden Slipper aboard Farnan before winning the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes a fortnight ago aboard King’s Legacy.
“He’s an exceptional colt,” Bowman said. “I’ve been informed that Coolmore have bought into him – he’s got an impeccable pedigree and you can see why.”
“He’s just franked the form. He’s one of the best colts in the country of his generation and I can only see him improving as a three-year-old.”
“You’d think he’d be a Golden Rose, Caulfield Guineas type of horse. The way he attacked the line this afternoon was exceptional. It was a testing mile today. He sprinted so well off a fast pace in the Sires’ but today he was able to sit handier and adapt.”
“He’s the full package and he’s just hitting his straps now as an autumn two-year-old,” Bowman added. “He’s already mentally all there but physically I can see him developing and I’m very excited about what may lay ahead.”
Peter Snowden, who trains King’s Legacy with son Paul, said he was looking forward to the future with the incredibly valuable colt.
“I think this is just the start of what you’ll probably see as a three-year-old,” Snowden said. “He’s a horse with a lot of substance and plenty of quality about him.”
“We always thought these were the two races (ATC Sires’ Produce and Champagne Stakes) that would suit him and it turned out that we got them right.”
“He’s a nice colt and he’ll only get better as a three-year-old. He’s doing this on raw ability at the moment.”
“He’s got a great attitude and a turn of foot – just a real quality colt,” Snowden added.
Today’s success continued a golden run for juveniles sold by Magic Millions. Earlier in the year Tagaloa won the Blue Diamond Stakes before Farnan led home a first six result in the Golden Slipper. Now King’s Legacy was won the final two legs of the Sydney Triple Crown.
King’s Legacy, a son of former Arrowfield Stud based champion sire Redoute’s Choice, was bred and sold as a yearling by Segenhoe Stud.
He was presented at the Gold Coast for auction and he made many short lists – in particular that of leading bloodstock agent James Harron who went to $1.4 million to secure him for a group of clients.
The colt’s stud future was confirmed in recent days when Coolmore Stud secured an interest to race him along with Harron’s colts syndicate.
From the triple stakes performed Hussonet mare Breakfast in Bed, King’s Legacy is now the winner of three races – two at Group One level – and his earnings have quickly raced to over $880,000.
Winner: King’s Legacy
Breeding: Redoute’s Choice-Breakfast in Bed (Hussonet)
Race: ATC Champagne Stakes G1 (1600m)
Sold for: $1,400,000
Sale: 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor: Segenhoe Stud
Buyer: James Harron Bloodstock
Owner(s): James Harron Bloodstock Colts, Mrs BC Bateman, Love Racing, P Mehrten, Doyles Breeding & Racing, SN Gillard, G1G Racing & Breeding, D Saab, Rockingham Thoroughbreds, JA Ingham, Mrs FA Ingham & Pinecliff Racing
Trainer(s): Peter & Paul Snowden (Randwick)