Slot Holder: Bon Ho
Breeding: Not A Single Doubt – Pinocchio
Trainer: Les Bridge
Owners: Mr K K Ho
Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy
All roads now lead to a second shot at The TAB Everest for Classique Legend and his owner Bon Ho, who owns a slot for the $15 million feature to be run on October 17.
He ran an unlucky sixth behind Yes Yes Yes in 2019 then finished unplaced in the inaugural $7.5m Golden Eagle at Rosehill but resurfaced to take out the Listed Bob Charley Stakes (1100m) at Randwick in June.
Kerrin McEvoy has ridden the son of Not A Single Doubt, that would have been lost to Hong Kong if not for Coronavirus lockdowns having twice been in quarantine, in six of his nine starts and perhaps his most telling post-race quote after his win was regarding the four-year-old’s recent physical development.
“(The break) could have been a blessing in disguise, it has given him time to fill into his body and he went out a boy and came back a man, so let’s hope he can show us that later in the spring,” said McEvoy.
It’s easy to forget that Classique Legend has still only had nine starts.
Carmel Size, racing manager for Bon Ho, said it was unlikely that Classique Legend would have another run over the winter.
“It’s all up in the air in the moment, it’s very hard to get a guide on the horse because he does everything so easily but (The Everest) is a long way away,” Size said.
“We might see him back at the trials, the plan was to run here and then maybe trial him before keeping him ticking over in the stable.
“It’s just so exciting for him to get to the races and win given that he isn’t fit yet.”
Classique Legend returned in the spring with a dashing win in the Group 2 Shorts (1100m).