Classique Legend suffers bleed - Will return to Australia
- Classique Legend is returning to Australia after bleeding at Sha Tin track work on Wednesday
- The 2020 Everest winner will return to the Les Bridge stable
Classique Legend will return to Australia. (Getty)
Classique Legend will return to Australia after suffering a bleed via track work at Sha Tin on March 31 the South China Morning Post reports.
Rated equal third in the 2020 LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, the popular grey was getting set for a return in the Group Two Sprint Cup on April 5 (1200m) at Sha Tin ahead of a potential tilt at the Group One Chairman's Sprint Prize on April 25.
The son of Not A Single Doubt had pulled up lame following his first appearance for leading Hong Kong trial but following a spell, did catch the eye with a strong trial win on March 23 under Zac Purton.
“He was absolutely flying, we got him to where we wanted to get him and then he comes back, he coughs a couple of times and there is a little trickle of blood and I have to call it unfortunately,” Caspar Fownes told the South China Morning Post.
“It’s very sad, but these things happen. He was ready to rock an’ roll – he was only getting better and better.
“I called [owner Boniface Ho Ka-kui] straight away, of course. I said ‘look this is what happened, it’s very unfortunate, it’s a sad day for us."
The 2020 Everest winner will return to to the Les Bridge stable in Sydney, however, now faces a compulsory three-month ban as a first time bleeder.