Hong Kong gets its first taste of Classique Legend

Star sprinter Classique Legend strode out stylishly when given an easy time in his first barrier trial since arriving in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

The Everest winner landed in Hong Kong on November 9 and joined the team of Casper Fownes.

Classique Legend’s preparations for the Group 1 Hong Kong International Sprint on December 13 at Sha Tin went up a notch on Tuesday when Vincent Ho partnered the son of Not A Single Doubt in a Sha Tin turf track trial.

Classique Legend was placed under limited pressure in the 1000m trial, finishing third.

First look at the Sha Tin turf for Classique Legend (@Vincenthocy). #HKracing pic.twitter.com/osI2WeCcXa

Classique Legend is listed as the $1.80 favourite for the $HK 22 million Hong Kong International Sprint (1200m).

Regular jockey Kerrin McEvoy is still to make a decision if he will travel to Hong Kong to ride Classique Legend in the weight-for-age contest.

Racenet believes McEvoy is keen to travel but the logistics, which includes in a Christmas quarantine stint when he returns home, are still to be finalized and will go a long way to deciding if the jockey makes the trip to Hong Kong.

Classique Legend left Australian shores winning six of his 12 starts with earnings of more than $8.6 million.

Classique Legend and trainer Les Bridge at his Randwick stables after the win in The Everest. Photo: Adam Yip.Source:News Corp Australia

The former Les Bridge-trained galloper was rated the equal fourth best horse in the world on a rating mark of 125 for his win in The Everest.

His figure was equalled three weeks later by The Everest runner-up Bivouac when the Godolphin sprinter won the Darley Sprint Classic at Flemington.

Originally published asClassique Legend cruises in Hong Kong trial

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