“I instructed you he’s one of the best horse I’ve had.”
As the sphere wheeled the Randwick flip, Bridge shuffled his toes, as if to get the road of the putt. On the 300-metre mark he stood nonetheless after which started to stroll away quickly after with out wanting on the display.
Classique Legend had made the seven or eight lengths he had given tearaway chief Eduardo on the prime of the straight and was hitting prime gear. Bridge did not want to look at anymore.
By the publish the margin was 2-½ lengths again to Bivouac, one other half-length away was Gytrash in third. Each had adopted the winner however merely could not match him.
“He acquired there and nonetheless had that explosive acceleration,” Bridge mentioned. “I’ve by no means been so assured going into an enormous race, that is why I walked away as a result of I knew that was going to occur.
“I’ve been telling you guys that for 3 months.
“How far did he win by? I do not even know.”
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy had gained The Everest twice earlier than on Redzel, however not like this: dominant and in a world of his personal.
“That is one of the best win in that race, the margin tells you that,” McEvoy mentioned.
The frantic early tempo suited swoopers. Eduardo ran 33.26 seconds for the primary 600m out of the gates, which meant these again within the discipline can be coming and coming onerous, none more durable than Classique Legend.
Bridge mentioned the bitter style when second within the Premiere Stakes had delivered the most important prize.
“That broke my coronary heart the opposite day when he acquired beat,” Bridge mentioned. “However that gained me The Everest. Little doubt about it.
“We determined then to experience him how he likes to be ridden and also you noticed what occurred.”
McEvoy mentioned he was nervous on the midway level however as soon as he acquired into gear, he knew the race was his.
“I simply needed to experience my race. I regarded up on the 600m and so they have been effectively in entrance, they have been off,” McEvoy mentioned. “I believed ‘far out, if Nature Strip and his companions are again to their finest they’re going to take a little bit of operating down’.”
“Full credit score to my horse with that cowl and that tender time of it early, he was actually capable of energy after I requested him.
“Quickly after straightening I used to be assured I used to be going to select them up.”
Bridge will now once more should attempt to preserve Classique Legend in Australia with Hong Kong-based proprietor Bon Ho prone to need him to race over there, having already deliberate to have him there this yr.
“He’ll nonetheless most likely go to Hong Kong, we’ll see what occurs. We kidnapped him final time,” Bridge mentioned.
There have been no excuses behind Classique Legend, Godolphin have been second and fourth with Bivouac and Trekking to go along with a few thirds in earlier editions.
“I believed we have been the winner coming to the flip with Bivouac till I noticed Classique Legend take off and put a pair on us,” Godolphin boss Vin Cox mentioned. “He’s an excellent horse.”
Glen Boss had felt the identical within the saddle of Bivouac.
“He went excellent my horse. Full credit score to the winner. I adopted him. He put three lengths on me after I was quickening. We could not have overwhelmed the winner right now,” he mentioned.
Adelaide coach Gordon Richards was thrilled to run third with Gytrash, who was chasing Classique Legend all the way in which.
“We got here right here a few months in the past pondering we may run in The Everest. He has confirmed he’s as much as one of the best of them within the nation and we keep right here and hopefully win the Sure Sure Sure in a few weeks.”
Racing author for The Sydney Morning Herald