The world’s joint-highest rated sprinter Classique Legend completed his first piece of fast work on the Sha Tin dirt this morning (17 November) in preparation for the HK$22 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) on 13 December.
Classique Legend stands equal-fourth in the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Ranking with a rating of 125 – placing him at the head of the speed division together with Godolphin’s three-time G1-winning sprinter Bivouac.
And while the AU$8.63 million (approx. HK$48.7 million) earner has only been in Hong Kong for little over a week, he has done nothing but please his new handler Caspar Fownes.
“He’s got a great way about him, he certainly has a presence, I think he knows he’s a little bit special,” Fownes said. “He’s a proper horse and he certainly gives himself a chance to excel at the top-level, which is where he is at now. He’s rated joint-number four in the world now, so that’s a massive rating and equal highest rated sprinter with Bivouac.”
The six-time winner is currently completing a mandatory quarantine period, but is able to exercise on the track once the locally-trained horses have completed their morning trackwork.
“With a view to having him ready for the Hong Kong Sprint we kept him quiet while in quarantine in Australia, we didn’t want to take a chance to do anything on the track there while I wasn’t hands on there,” Fownes said.
“We’ll try our best to get him as fit as we can in the short period of time that we have and we’ll have a trial with him and see if we can have him cherry ripe for the big day.”