Zac Purton is confident Classique Legend’s trial form can materialise in a successful return at Sha Tin on Monday (5 April) when The Everest (1200m) winner contests the Group 2 Sprint Cup (1200m).
The mercurial grey was sent to Conghua for treatment following his 11th placing behind Danon Smash in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) on 13 December and indicated he was over niggling issues with a blistering trial win over 1000m at Sha Tin on 23 March.
“He’s pretty good. He’s had a trial down here at Sha Tin and he’s had plenty of time now to acclimatise,” said Purton, who will partner the former Australian speedster for the first time in a race for Caspar Fownes.
“I was happy with his attitude the other day – he’s a real dude. I liked the way he stretched out and finished that trial off. It appeared he was moving well and I think that’s important with him.
“If he’s fit and happy and well, he’s going to deliver. He seems like he’s in a pretty good frame of mind.”
Sitting second in the jockeys’ championship with 84 wins to Joao Moreira’s 105, Purton is wary of Richard Gibson’s emerging young talent Wellington, who swamped older rivals last start to claim the Class 1 Lantau Island Handicap (1200m) on 13 March.