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Knight Legend: the 11-time winner is the best son of Flying Legend

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

Legend off to a Flying start at Shade Oak Stud

FLYING LEGEND is enjoying an upsurge in his popularity at the age of 19, with nine mares already scanned in foal and his biggest book ever expected in his first season at Shade Oak Stud in Shropshire this year.

The son of Alleged has had nine out of nine mares scanned in foal, including Grade 1-winning chaser J'y Vole and First Act, a half-sister to Supreme Novices' Hurdle runner-up Darlan from the family of Prix de Diane winner Daryaba.

Both mares are owned by leading jumps breeder Paul Murphy, who bought ex-Ballintry Stud resident Flying Legend and brought him to Britain after noting the stallion's good winners-to-runners strike-rate and ability to upgrade his mares.

Flying Legend has never covered large books but this year Shade Oak Stud expect him to cover in excess of 50 mares.

He is an Alleged brother to Group 2 Gallinule Stakes winner Montelimar, who did sterling service as a jumps sire by supplying Grand National heroes Hedgehunter and Monty's Pass plus Grade 1 winners including Like-A-Butterfly, It Takes Time and Youlneverwalkalone.

Flying Legend has compiled a good record himself from limited chances, as sire of 17 jumps winners from 46 runners under rules in Britain and Ireland including the high-class 11-time scorer Knight Legend.

Sir Henry Cecil trained Flying Legend - whose dam is Canadian Oaks third L'Extravagante - to win two races over 1m4f and 1m7f by wide margins.

His stud fee at Shade Oak Stud this year is £1,500.





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