The maestro Les Bridge saysClassique Legend’s world-class The Everest triumph was born out of the frustration of defeat.

Bridge mentioned Classique Legend’s loss within the Premiere Stakes this month, when the gray sprinter was “ridden out of his consolation zone”, supplied a telling lesson for the coach and his jockey Kerrin McEvoy.

“Him (McEvoy) and I stuffed it up,’’ Bridge mentioned on the Large Sports activities Breakfast Weekend radio present on Sunday.

Everybody saved saying ultimately the actual Nature Strip was going to show up so we had a discuss it and we didn’t wish to give him too large a begin.

“We got here up with the good thought of staying about three or 4 lengths behind Nature Strip. The most secure option to get a horse ‘beat’ is to journey it out of its consolation zone. We realized our lesson. That mistake gained us The Everest.’’

Bridge and McEvoy each decided Classique Legend’s finest probability of successful the world’s richest turf race at Royal Randwick final Saturday was to be ridden quietly early.

However neither would have anticipated Eduardo to steer at such a scorching velocity early, operating 33.26sec for the primary 600m. The tempo was so frenetic, there have been greater than 15 lengths between first and final.

It made for a compelling race however Bridge mentioned he was by no means anxious, even when Classique Legend was at the very least 10 lengths from the lead on the flip.

“He’s a particular horse,’’ Bridge mentioned. “I simply had this sense he would win. I can’t actually clarify it however that’s what makes him a champion.’’

Classique Legend completed powerfully right into a fierce headwind, recording 33.3sec for his closing 600m as he raced away to win The Everest by greater than two lengths.

Racing NSW’s Punter Intelligence evaluation of The Everest confirmed Eduardo reaching a high velocity of 71.2km/h and recording an early 200m sectional of 10.05sec — simply the quickest within the race.

Classique Legend’s high velocity was 68.5km/h, and his quickest 200m sectional was 10.65sec, however he dominated his rivals was his capability to maintain his dash, as evidenced by his closing 600m, which was clearly the very best of the race.


Veery Elleegant supplied coach Chris Waller along with his first Caulfield Cup — however can she full the coveted double by taking out the Melbourne Cup on the primary Tuesday in November?

“It‘s (Caulfield Cup) the very best type, I feel, for any Melbourne Cup. Together with her weight (55kg within the Melbourne Cup) clearly it’s going to be troublesome and she or he’s obtained to settle and do issues proper,’’ Waller mentioned.

The Corridor of Fame coach will probably be sweating on Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter’s announcement on Monday on whether or not Verry Elleegant is given a Melbourne Cup penalty for her Caulfield Cup win.

“It’s going to be an attention-grabbing thought course of with the workforce and myself if Verry Elleegant does deserve a penalty,’’ Carpenter mentioned.

“And if she does what quantum that will probably be. At 3200m, each half kilo is price a size. The margin yesterday was a brief neck.’’

The one mare to hold greater than 55kg and win a Melbourne Cup within the race’s lengthy historical past was the nice Makybe Diva who had 55.5kg successful in 2004 solely to interrupt that file when shouldering 58kg to finish her well-known Cup hat-trick in 2005.



Coach Brett Cavanough hasn’t dominated out setting unbeaten bush sensation It’s Me for the $7.5 million Golden Eagle after her beautiful win in The Kosciuszko.

Cavanough mentioned he’ll monitor how It’s Me comes via her Randwick win after which speak with connections earlier than deciding if the mare is given her probability within the wealthy Rosehill race on October 31.

It’s Me scored her fourth win with a superb late surge to run down Redouble and win The Kosciuszko and vaulted into $15 for the Golden Eagle.

Cavanough will probably be aware that It’s Me needed to go a veterinary examination to run in The Kosciuszko and that the mare is in her first race preparation — however that is the one time the mare will probably be eligible for the Golden Eagle, a race restricted to four-year-olds.

The Scone-based coach mentioned The Kosciuszko was proving a boon for nation racing trade contributors.

“I’d prefer to know the cash this idea brings to city,’’ Cavanough mentioned commenting on the massive variety of country-based racing followers in Sydney for The Everest assembly.

“The cash they spend within the metropolitan space, each horse is from a (completely different) space and all of us assist the native, that’s an Aussie factor to stay with the locals, and the (betting) turnover it brings and the cash it generates is unbelievable.’’

Hong Kong-based proprietor Bon Ho desires Classique Legend to do his future racing abroad and The Everest winner will enter quarantine on Monday.

There was some social media criticism of Ho however the proprietor mentioned it had been a long-range plan to contest The Everest after which get Classique Legend prepared for the Group 1 Worldwide Dash at Sha Tin in December, a truth confirmed by Bridge.

“He was at all times going abroad,’’ Bridge mentioned.

When requested if he was upset to lose Classique Legend, the response was classic Bridge: “They’d lock me up if I used to be joyful!”

Ho desires to showcase Classique Legend to the world subsequent 12 months in main sprints at Dubai, Royal Ascot and Tokyo earlier than a attainable return to Sydney to defend his The Everest title subsequent 12 months. TAB Mounted Odds has Classique Legend as 2021 Everest favorite at $6.

bridge on monitor for corridor

I obtained a textual content from a Randwick coach on Saturday which mentioned: “Absolutely that will get Les into the Corridor of Fame!”

Bridge, 82, deserves consideration after large race wins within the Melbourne Cup, Golden Slipper, Doncaster Handicap, Caulfield Guineas and a bunch of different majors earlier than securing The Everest with Classique Legend.

“If you happen to requested any coach what race they wish to win on the finish of their careers they’d most likely say the Melbourne Cup,’’ Bridge mentioned.

“However the best way Peter V’landys (Racing NSW chief government) has organised this race (The Everest), it’s quick approaching it.’’


The shape out of the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes when English star Addeybb beat Verry Elleegant throughout The Championships at Randwick in April has actually been confirmed.

Verry Elleegant was magnificent holding off Irish stayer Anthony Van Dyck to win the Caulfield Cup, her third Group 1 win this spring. Then in a single day, Addeybb gained the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot in England.



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