Classique Legend has claimed a barnstorming win within the 2020 version The Everest, convincingly outclassing the nation’s finest sprinters.
Educated by the 81-year-old Les Bridge, Classique Legend assumed pre-race favouritism earlier within the day from Nature Strip and proved the punters proper.
Kerrin McEvoy has now ridden the winner in three of the primary 4 Everests, having partnered Redzel in 2017 and 2018.
Bivouac and Gytrash rounded out the placings within the 1200m $15 million blockbuster at Randwick, however it was Classique Legend, working for Hong Kong businessman slotholder Bon Ho, who stole the present.
Run in windy and smoky – because of close by backburning on Sydney’s Northern Seashores – situations, pace retailers Eduardo and Nature Strip led the race to the flip, stringing out the sphere and giving the backmarkers a lot to chase.
Leaping from barrier six, Classique Legend had taken up a place simply again of midfield, the gray ultimately discovering cowl behind Trekking earlier than peeling out on the prime of the straight.
Nature Strip briefly took the lead, earlier than Classique Legend drew stage across the 150m mark, the five-year-old gelding shortly leaving the on-pacers in his mud.
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Whereas loads of punters had been blissful, the bookies took a beating, with Classique Legend holding round 1 / 4 of the cash out there.
After the race, connections instructed it is perhaps the final we see of the horse in Australia, not less than in the intervening time, with the proprietor eager to take him to Hong Kong.
Extra to come back.