Classique Legend set to return following Sha Tin trial win
- Classique Legend has won a second trial ahead of his scheduled return
- The 2020 Everest winner is expected to resume in the Group Two Sprint Cup on April 5
- His full trial on March 23 can be viewed below
Classique Legend has won a Sha Tin trial on March 23. (Getty)
While Classique Legend did disappoint as favourite in the Group One Hong Kong Sprint on December 13, there were excuses with the 2020 Everest winner pulling up lame in his off-side foreleg following his first appearance under trainer Caspar Fownes and was spelled as a result.
Rated equal third in the 2020 LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings with a score of 125, bettered only by Ghaiyyath (130) and Authentic (126), the popular grey shared top position as the world’s highest-ranked sprinter with Bivouac, despite defeating his Godolphin rival by two-and-a-half-lengths in last year's $15 million dollar feature from Royal Randwick.
Settling just off the leaders on March 23 under Zac Purton, the son of Not A Single Doubt was travelling strongly before presenting late and winning by three-and-a-quarter lengths under a good hold.
The planned return for Classique Legend is the Group Two Sprint Cup on April 5 (1200m) at Sha Tin ahead of a tilt at the Group One Chairman's Sprint Prize on April 25.
Champion Australian jockey Zac Purton has been confirmed as the rider of Classique Legend for these upcoming Hong Kong sprint features.