Thu. May 19th, 2022

Classique Legend and Eduardo continued their build to $ 15 million. The TAB Everest with impressive barrier attempts at Randwick this Friday.

Defending champion Classique Legend delighted coach Les Bridge with his narrow victory over Entriviere in an attempt at 1050m.

“I don’t think I’ve seen my jockey (Kerrin McEvoy) so happy since he won The Everest on horseback last year,” Bridge said.

“Classique Legend needed the trial ready for next week.”

“He feels great,” McEvoy said.

“It is three attempts now, and each time he has felt better. It’s all systems running now. ”

LOSE fixed odds have Classique Legend listed as the $ 4.50 favorite for The Everest.

Last year’s winner will try to become the first horse to win the race, resumed from a magic after winning all three trials that led to Saturday’s competition.

Classique Legend fought right behind the leaders, was taken far on the turn and ran strongly home under a very tight grip to win his lawsuit in 1min 03.04sec.

The “gray blitz” Classique Legend will enter The Everest without a prior run, but Bridge feels the gelding is close to top fitness for the world’s richest turf.

Bridge said he plans to give Classique Legend one last hit-out on trackwork early next week.

“I might look like working him Wednesday on the grass, giving him an extra day to get over the trial,” Bridge said.

Randwick Barrier Trials

Eduardo after winning a barrier attempt at Randwick last Friday. Image: Getty Images

Eduardo competed in a 735 m heat, which constantly led under jockey Nash Rawiller to win by more than one length in a smooth 43.5 sec.

Coach Joe Pride described Eduardo’s tryout as “super”.

“We were not out to break records, we were not out to achieve much, and therefore I held him back for the shorter trial,” Pride said.

“He had a light trial and it has taken a bit of the aggression and ran nerves away.”

Rawiller said: “He was amazing.

“Joe will not do much with him between now and next week. Just a swim and a little walk around. Keep him happy.

“I definitely think he has come back better than ever, and the important thing with him is to keep his races separate, and early in the preparation is when he is most effective.

“Both of those fields are marked by going into the race, so I’m sure he runs as well as he can.”

Pride said Eduardo will have another solid job Tuesday morning at Warwick Farm in front of The Everest.

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Bon Ho, Hong Kong-based owner of Classique Legend, has agreed to donate five percent of any prize his sprinter earns in The TAB Everest next week to the Australian Turf Clubs Foundation.

If Classicque Legend can go back-to-back in the world’s richest turf at Royal Randwick on October 16, Ho’s donation will be $ 310,000 to charity.

Ho’s deal follows his generous promise ahead of last year’s victory of the Classique Legend of five percent of prize money, resulting in his first donation of $ 310,000 to the ATC Foundation.

Randwick Barrier Trials

Classique Legend after winning its Randwick barrier attempt last Friday. Image: Getty Images

ATC Foundation Chairman Trish Egan thanked Ho for his generosity for the second year in a row.

“Sir. She is a big supporter of Sydney racing and owns and races many horses all year round on Australian Turf Club racetracks, ”said Egan.

“This support has been further expanded over the last two years with his promise to repay a percentage of prize money that will go to many charities through the ATC Foundation.

“We were extremely grateful and pleased to see around $ 310,000 from Mr Ho quickly distributed over the past 12 months and look forward to cheering the Classique Legend again this year at Royal Randwick.”

The winner of next week’s TAB Everest raises $ 6.2 million, the second place winner earns $ 2.3 million. And the smaller placegetter raises $ 1.4 million.

Even horses placed seventh to 12th earn $ 450,000 – meaning Ho’s minimum donation to the ATC Foundation will be more than $ 20,000.

The fund provides grants to support charities that benefit society in a wide range of sectors, including the racing industry.

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Golden Eagle hopeful Laws Of Indices and the talented Maximal are among a group of seven international horses set to arrive in Sydney this weekend.

Laws Of Indices joins the Annabel Neasham Stables, and Maximal joins John O’Shea, where both horses are set for the $ 7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on October 30th.

Top Rank – one of two horses bought by Australian Bloodstock – is a group 1 place goat in the UK and is also going to Neasham. Their second import, Frikendt, will be trained by Kris Lees.

Syndicators OTI, which has continued to be successful in Sydney stays in races in recent years, has three horses, including Golden Eagle candidate Reve de Vol.

ATC’s James Ross said the shipment of overseas horses was another example of the growing international confidence in Sydney racing.

“It has been an exceptional year with a number of restrictions limiting internationally trained horses and competitors competing, but it is gratifying to facilitate a high quality group to travel to Sydney and continue training here,” Ross said. .

“We have been able to encourage a range of connections to base horses in Sydney and target significant prize money, e.g. XXXX Golden Eagle, where many are also eager to participate in the growing number of feature races in late spring and summer. ”

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