South African stalwart National Emblem has died of colic at Klawervlei Stud. He was 21.
National Emblem (National Assembly – Title Page by Welsh Harmony) won 15 races in a career highlighted by his courage, class and versatility from 1150m to 2000m. His finest moments came with G1 triumphs in the Champion Stakes, Premier’s Cup and Turffontein Classic. He was also placed in the G1 South African Guineas and G1 Durban July.
A grandson of Danzig, National Emblem was South Africa’s champion juvenile sire of 2003. Overall, there have been 10 Group 1 winners to date and the best of his stock include top-class gallopers Rebel King, Nhlavini, Rip Curl, Buy And Sell, Carnadore, Emblem of Liberty, Shea Shea, Fez and Potent Power.
Shea Shea won last year’s G1 Computaform Sprint and is expected to race at this year’s Dubai Carnival.