Slot Holder: Bon Ho
Breeding: Not A Single Doubt – Pinocchio
Trainer: Les Bridge
Owners: Mr K K Ho
Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy
The defending TAB Everest champion is back in 2021 to attempt to be the second in the race’s short history to go back-to-back.
Classique Legend returned to trainer Les Bridge’s stable in June having been in Hong Kong since shortly after his Everest win last year but he didn’t acclimatise and owner Bon Ho elected to send him back to Australia following a bleeding episode at trackwork.
Bridge plans to give him a similar preparation to last year taking in races like The Shorts, which he won, and the Premiere Stakes, in which he finished second, leading into the $15m race.
“With the time I’ve got, he’s in a lovely yard that he likes and I can give him some light work for two or three weeks to let him adjust then go on and train him for the Everest,’’ he said.
“He’ll have one barrier trial, maybe two, it all depends how he’s going.
“I have had a lot of good horses and I can tell you now if I can get him into the same form as I had him last year we will get the same result. That’s the trick, to get him back into that form again.
“I’ve never gone into a race like that so confident. Let’s hope I’m confident this year but I’ll know as we go along how he’s going.”