Classique Legend to step up Everest bid after owner buys slot

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint winner Classique Legend will shoot for a $21.5 million jackpot in the spring after his owner Bon Ho purchased the GPI Racing Everest slot.

Hong Kong-based Ho decided to keep the son of Not A Single Doubt in Australia after he won three of his first four starts including the group 2 Arrowfield Sprint  in his first preparation.

In the Everest: Classique Legend wins the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint during The Championships and his owner has bought the Everest slot of GPI Racing for him. Credit:AAP

He took the opportunity to secure an Everest Slot from GPI Racing in a silent auction. It guarantees Classique Legend a shot at the $14 million race at Randwick on October 19.

Classique Legend will also be aimed at the Golden Eagle for four-year-olds a couple of weeks later at Rosehill, which has a prize pool of $7.5 million.

“The decision to aim Classique Legend at the Everest later this year should be seen as a vote of confidence in the Australian racing industry, with special acknowledgment to Racing NSW, who have developed the initiative,’’ Ho’s racing and bloodstock manager, Carmel Size, said.

“Mr Bon Ho is a devotee of racing and as much as he would love to see his horse winning in Hong Kong, he is relishing the challenge of tackling the best in The Everest.

“It is even more satisfying to have purchased the GPI slot from Inglis, as that is where Classique Legend was purchased.

“Les Bridge is particularly excited at the news and while we acknowledge Classique Legend will need to go to the next level, we have every faith in his ability which Les believes is still untapped.”

Classique Legend could bank more than $10 million in prizemoney if he can complete The Everest-Golden Eagle double.

He joins Pierata, which was announced as Aquis Farm's representative last week, as runners slated to start in The Everest more than five months out from the race.

The Chris Waller-trained Nature Strip could take a big step towards his trainer’s slot if can win the Doomben 10,000 on Saturday.

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