Classique Legend’s owner has declared his racing and bloodstock manager Carmel Size had become too “emotionally attached” to The Everest winner who was always leaving Australian shores for Hong Kong.
Classique Legend has always been a favourite for Size who picked him as a yearling for Hong Kong-based Bon Ho and has loved him like a pet.
There was sympathy on Sunday morning for Size and 82-year-old trainer Les Bridge with news confirmed Classique Legend would be leaving Australia and heading to Hong Kong to continue his racing career.
However Ho told Racenet it was never in any doubt the grey gelding would be heading to the Asian racing mecca after The Everest.
“I have advised Mr Bridge all along and he understands. He asked me to send him a good stayer from the UK as a replacement 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 StorySource:News Corp Australia
“But it’s not easy to convince Carmel Size.
“She is too emotionally attached to one horse, and this happened with Southern Legend before.
“She just treats the best horses as her babies and wouldn’t let go.”
Ho reiterated it was always crystal clear to everyone in the camp that Classique Legend would be heading to Hong Kong.
In fact he was meant to permanently relocate to Hong Kong twice before.
“The horse was always supposed to go to Hong Kong,” Ho said.
“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 much too good in The Everest. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“After last year’s Everest and Golden Eagle, I wanted the horse to move but Carmel said he absolutely needed a spell.
“Three months later the quarantine started but a problem with a previous shipment and other problems wasted three months.
“Eventually I took the horse back to Les Bridge and Carmel Size for them to prepare the horse for the Everest, stating clearly the horse would go to Hong Kong afterwards.”
Ho also insisted that Classique Legend, who produced a scintillating victory in The Everest, would be better placed in Hong Kong where he could be positioned to take on the world’s best around the globe.
“Based in Hong Kong, Classique Legend will be better placed to race in other jurisdictions as the Hong Kong Jockey Club has staff experienced in such matters to help,” Bon Ho said.
“To remain in Australia would mean racing against similar opponents in major races.
“Of course I will be able to attend his races if Classique Legend runs in Hong Kong, which as the sole owner, I would very much like to do.”
In January, Bo Ho told Racenet he felt “excluded” from The Everest and said he felt it was a closed shop for existing slot holders.
Top Sydney and NSW racing officials then smoked the peace pipe with Ho, leading to him owning The Everest slot which the Melbourne Racing Club had last year.
Ho also owns the slot for the next two years.
Originally published asHe’s not a pet says The Everest owner
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