Randwick trainer Les Bridge commented he would have fallen into ‘ a heap’ if Classique Legend had not won on debut in the $50,000, TAB Rewards Plate (1100m) for maiden three-year-old’s at Randwick-Kensington on Wednesday and after a dashing result both Bridge and punters were upright and standing tall.
The Not A Single Doubt gelding had trialled at Hawkesbury over 1000m on February 8th with leading jockey Kerrin McEvoy making the trip out west to ride for a 3L win. Punters took note and backed Classique Legend in from $3.90 into $2.60 with good wagers including $1,500 @ $3.90, $5,000 @ $2.90 and $2,800 @ $2.70 and much more in between.
The result was an impressive 2 1/2L win by Classique Legend that may set him on a path for stronger company over the Sydney autumn with managing agent Carmel Size saying that the horse, owned by Hong Kong’s KK Ho, will stay in Australia for the present.
McEvoy had Classique Legend out well from barrier three and parked outside of the leader Got Your Six and Rachel King and from that position it was only a matter of time before he made his move.
That was at the 200m when McEvoy clicked Classique Legend up, gave him two reminders that this was serious, and then it hands and heels all the way to the line. Classique Legend has a high head carriage, probably due to his lack of racing, but he lengthened extremely well when McEvoy instructed him to and with more experience he will surely improve his racing style.
The final 600m of 32.98 on the Soft 6 track franked the win. The overall time was 1.02.82.
Got Your Six (Snitzel) and King held second comfortably with Full Recognition (Smart Missile) and Josh Parr third.
“He is a lovely horse. If everything goes right with him I think he has a real good future,” said Bridge.
“He has come on a lot, he is a quick learner and he showed that today and he got out smartly into second and he gave me a real good feel,” said McEvoy.
“He is nice big horse and he is not just a speed horse. He will probably stretch out over a bit further. As we know with Les there was one trial and nice improvement to come. It was good to see him do that today, it was a maiden at nice levels and he has come out and won quite easily.
“A nice horse moving forward. I think he is still 12 months away from showing his full potential and it is exciting to see where he might end up,” he said.
Classique Legend is out of the Encosta de Lago mare Pinocchio and he cost $400,000 as a yearling from Tyreel Stud. His maiden win earned a stake of $33,250.
TAB Rewards Plate, photo finish picture ATC