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Friday
Jan252013

DEATH OF NATIONAL EMBLEM

National Emblem StallionNational Emblem (SAF)
(Photo : Sporting Post)

NATIONAL EMBLEM (SAF)
National Assembly (CAN) - Title Page (SAF)

Ex Summerhill stallwart National Emblem, champion South African racehorse and Sire, died from colic Wednesday at Klawervlei Stud. He was 21.

Bred by the late Wilfred Koster, the imposing chesnut was by National Assembly out of the Welsh Harmony mare Title Page and traced in tail-female line to the breed-shaping foundation mare, Sister Sarah, through her daughter Sister Sublime (Dante), his third dam.

National Emblem fetched R100,000 as a yearling - and quickly showed his ability. He won three in a row at two, including the G2 Gosforth Park Juvenile (C&G), before running fourth in the G1 Administrator’s Champion Stakes, when poorly drawn. At three, National Emblem confirmed himself as one of the leaders of his generation. He won six races, including the G1 Administrators Classic, G3 Newmarket Guineas and G3 Jubilee Handicap. The latter race he won after a dogged fight with champion Special Preview. National Emblem was also placed in both the G1 SA Guineas and G1 Durban July as a sophomore.

Named Champion Older Male at four, National Emblem won the G2 John Skeaping Trophy, before capturing the G1 Administrator’s Cup under a big weight. He ended off his 3-year-old campaign with a gallant fifth place finish to champion London News in the July.

After beating London News in the Gr1 Champion Stakes, National Emblem was retired to stud. He made a return to the track, and won both the G2 Keith Heburn Champion Stakes and G3 Chairman’s Stakes.

The versatile National Emblem won from 1150-2000 metres, and defeated such champions as London News, Taban, Cordocelli, Teal, Divine Force and Record Edge during his racing career.

He won 15 races and over R1.9 million in prize money and will long be remembered for his courage and class.

National Emblem was one of a select band of locally bred stallions who succeeded in South Africa. A former Champion sire of juveniles, National Emblem’s progeny include over 50 black type performers. His stakes winners number 10 Gr1 winners amongst them.

National Emblem’s best offspring include the Summerhill-bred champion sprinters, Nhlavini and Rebel King as well as Rip Curl, Buy And Sell, Carnadore, Emblem of Liberty, Shea Shea, Fez and Potent Power.

Extracts from Sporting Post and Klawervlei Stud

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