Classique Legend has always been a size favorite, choosing him as a yearling for Hong Kong’s Bon Ho and loving him like a pet.
On Sunday morning there was sympathy for Size and the 82-year-old trainer Les Bridge. The news confirmed that Classique Legend would be leaving Australia and traveling to Hong Kong to continue his racing career.
Ho said to Racenet, however, that there was no doubt that the gray gelding would go to the Asian racing mecca after Everest.
“I’ve been advising Mr. Bridge all along and he understands. He asked me to send him a good stayer from Great Britain to replace him and I agreed, ”Bo Ho told Racenet on Sunday morning.
The Everest winner Classique Legend with Carmel Size and trainer Les Bridge. Photo: Adam Yip / Second Story
“But it is not easy to convince Carmel Size.
“She’s too emotionally attached to a horse, and that’s happened before at Southern Legend.
“She only treats the best horses as her babies and would not let go.”
Ho repeated that it was always clear to everyone in the camp that Classique Legend was going to Hong Kong.
In fact, he was supposed to move to Hong Kong permanently twice.
“The horse should always go to Hong Kong,” said Ho.
“After his first win last year, I wanted to send him to Hong Kong, but Carmel said the horse was not mature enough.
Classique Legend is way too good in Everest. Photo: Mark Evans / Getty Images
“After climbing Everest and the golden eagle last year, I wanted the horse to move, but Carmel said he desperately needed a spell.
“Quarantine started three months later, but a problem with an earlier shipment and other issues wasted three months.
“Finally, I took the horse back to Les Bridge and Carmel Size so they could prepare the horse for Everest and stated that the horse would go to Hong Kong after that.”
Ho also insisted that Classique Legend, who had a brilliant victory at Everest, would be better placed in Hong Kong, where he could be positioned to compete against the world’s best.
“Hong Kong-based Classique Legend is better placed to race in other countries because the Hong Kong Jockey Club has staff who are experienced in such matters to help,” said Bon Ho.
“Staying in Australia would mean competing against similar opponents in big races.
“Of course I can take part in his races when Classique Legend is running in Hong Kong, which as the sole owner I would love to do.”
In January, Bo Ho told Racenet that he felt “excluded” from Everest and that it was a closed shop for existing slot owners.
The top Sydney and NSW race directors then smoked the peace pipe with Ho, resulting in him owning the Everest slot that Melbourne Racing Club had last year.
Ho will also own the slot for the next two years.
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