McEvoy could add to Legend in HK

Kerrin McEvoy is keen to reconnect with The Everest hero Classique Legend in Hong Kong next month but the likelihood of spending the Christmas period in quarantine remains a key sticking point for the star hoop.

McEvoy has been enlisted by connections to ride the star son of Not A Single Doubt in the Group 1 Hong Kong International Sprint on December 13 at Sha Tin.

Classique Legend arrived in Hong Kong on Monday night in preparation for the Group 1 tilt and will begin the next phase of his career with Caspar Fownes in the Asian racing jurisdiction.

Classique Legend arrives in Hong Kong. Photo: HKJC.Source:Supplied

McEvoy’s manager Bryan Haskins confirmed the three-time Melbourne Cup winning hoop is mulling over joining Les Bridge’s former stable star for his maiden overseas test at the Hong Kong International Races.

But the jockey plans to monitor COVID travel and safety protocols closely before making a decision.

The 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine upon return to Australia remains the main roadblock for McEvoy, who recently turned 40.

He and his wife Cathy have a young family with four children and under current restrictions he would spend the Christmas period in quarantine unless the mandatory time frame was reduced before then.

If he decides against travelling, the South China Morning Post have confirmed Vincent Ho will instead be in the saddle for the International Sprint.

Kerrin McEvoy celebrates after winning The Everest on Classique Legend. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

It will be Classique Legend’s first run since his slashing performance to win the $15 million The Everest at Randwick on October 17 which provided McEvoy with his third win in the richest race on turf.

The International meeting is set to be the first of many big race assignments in the next 12 months for Classique Legend with owner Bon Ho keen to take on the world with his five-year-old weapon.

Classique Legend arrived in Hong Kong this week with a lost of Australian campaigners that included stakes placed Peter and Paul Snowden galloper Bartley and Victorian spruik horse Barocha.

Barocha was the subject of one of the biggest betting moves of the year when a text message circulated around punting circles before the then Clayton Douglas-trained four-year-old trotted in on debut.

Barocha won two races before being sold to Hong Kong. Photo: Leonie Grbic/Racing Photos via Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

He was sold with a perfect record of two wins from two starts and will be trained by John Size.

Bartley, a Group 3 Black Opal runner-up at two, will be trained by Me Tsui.

Meanwhile, it was a busy week for Aussie’s arriving in Hong Kong with former Victorian chief steward Terry Bailey beginning his new job with the Jockey Club.

Bailey, who had been working in Singapore, will begin work as a member of the stewards’ panel, working under chief steward Kim Kelly.

“I’m just happy to be here and hopefully I can be a good contributor,” Bailey told the South China Morning Post.

“This is an opportunity to work for the Hong Kong Jockey Club – not many people get it – and I’m certainly excited.

“It’s a good opportunity to go in and learn the ropes, every organisation has different policies and procedures.”

Originally published asMcEvoy contemplating Classique Legend reunion

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