SYDNEY (Reuters) – Favorite Classique Legend, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, received the richest horse race on grass on the earth, The Everest, on the Royal Randwick racecourse in Sydney on Saturday, whereas Verry Elleegant received the Group 1 Caulfield Cup in Melbourne.
The five-year-old Classique Legend stormed residence within the ultimate 300 metres of the weight-for-age 1,200-metre dash to seal the A$6.2 million ($4.4 million) first prize in entrance of a raucous crowd that had been topic to COVID-19 restrictions.
Bivouac completed second, with Gytrash third.
The full prize pool was about A$15 million.
The world’s richest horse race is the US$20 million Saudi Cup, which is raced over 1,800 metres on a mud observe in Riyadh, with first place receiving US$10 million.
“It’s all within the genes,” Classique Legend coach Les Bridge stated of the gelding. “Some horses simply get all the great genes.
“This horse has simply acquired an enormous V8 motor.”
Eduardo led from the beginning and held on till the ultimate 300 metres when McEvoy, who has now received three of the 4 The Everest races contested, piloted the large gray to the skin and stormed residence by greater than a size.
The Everest is just not classed in response to conventional horse racing situations.
Buyers purchase one of many 12 slots accessible for A$600,000 and so they can then nominate their very own horse or strategy different house owners to enter a horse after which share the prize cash.
In Melbourne, Verry Elleegant, ridden by Mark Zahra, held off Epsom Derby winner Anthony van Dyck with The Chosen One ending third within the A$5 million Group 1 handicap over 2,400 metres.
The race, one of many premier occasions in Victoria’s spring racing carnival, was held with no crowd with the state nonetheless beneath strict COVID-19 lockdown situations.
Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Enhancing by William Mallard and Raju Gopalakrishnan