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Leading SAf Stallion Dies Of Colic
Leading South African owner Markus Jooste lost his cornerstone sire National Emblem (National Assembly-Title Page, by Welsh Harmony) this week, when the top sire died of colic aged 21, reports goldcircle.co.za. A 3-time Gr1 winner, National Emblem's first crop was born in 1997 and he has sired 10 Gr1 winners and over 50 black type performers. National Emblem was the first racehorse Jooste ever owned. Albert Rapp and Colin Fram approached him to be a partner in the stunning looking son of National Assembly, who was bought for R100,000 at the National Yearling Sale of 1993. Charles Laird trained National Emblem, and jockey Rhys van Wyk commented: "He was a very good, honest horse. He was a cheeky, strong-minded individual, but you could place him wherever you wanted to and he could turn it on too. He was a beautiful looking specimen. Considering his looks and his ability it's not surprising he made it as a sire. I'm thankful to the owners for allowing me to ride such a good horse."