Classique Legend on track for The Everest
Classique Legend was impressive on the trial track on Tuesday morning.
Classique Legend looks ready to fire after winning a trial at Randwick this morning.
Everest hopeful Classique Legend was the star of the Randwick trials on Tuesday morning, winning the opening heat by two and a half lengths.
The Les Bridge-trained gelding jumped well in his second trial before taking a three-wide position midfield. Approaching the turn, jockey Kerrin McEvoy idled up alongside Home Of The Brave with a lap full of horse underneath him.
McEvoy gave Classique Legend a slight squeeze at the 300m where he extended clear of the field to win impressively, over the 1000m journey.
Classique Legend is the $8 fourth favourite at online bookmaker Ladbrokes heading into the 2019 Everest.
Bon Ho and Carmel Racing have already secured the four-year-old gelding as their Everest contender after his barnstorming win in the Group Two Arrowfield Sprint back in April.
The question for Kerrin McEvoy now will be which runner he pilots as the $14 million feature approaches.
McEvoy rode Redzel to victory in the last two runnings of the Everest, but Classique Legend would present a new challenge for the champion jockey who would get to saddle up the world's newest sprinting sensation.
Classique Legend will need to prove he is capable of making the step up to open weight for age company at the equivalent of Group One level, but natural progression will see the son of Not A Single Doubt highly competitive.
The first-up assignment for Classique Legend is this weekend’s Group Two Shorts at Randwick where he will likely line up against last year's third placed horse in the Everest Osborne Bulls.