Classique Legend has taken another significant step towards a competitive return with a blistering 1000m trial victory at Sha Tin on Tuesday morning (23 March) as Francis Lui indicated the G1 FWD Champions Mile on 25 April was Golden Sixty’s likely next objective.
Rated the world’s equal-top sprinter in the year-ending 2020 LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, Classique Legend powered up the 1000m straight course under Zac Purton in 57.90s to beat Quadruple Double by three and a quarter lengths.
Golden Sixty, who clocked 58.75s, was unpressured to finish sixth, five and a quarter lengths behind Classique Legend, while fellow G1 winner Southern Legend was fourth.
Dual BMW Hong Kong Derby-winning trainer Caspar Fownes intends using the G2 Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin on 5 April as the 2021 starting point for Classique Legend, who has been sidelined since finishing 11th in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) behind Japan’s Danon Smash on 13 December.
“Very pleasing trial, it was what I expected he would be doing, leading into it,” Fownes said, who is ultimately plotting a path towards the G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) at Sha Tin on 25 April with Classique Legend.
“He’s had a much more normal preparation now and he’s going the right way heading to the Group 1 at the end of next month and obviously the lead-up race three weeks earlier.