Australian racing lose Legend to Hong Kong

Classique Legend has run his final race in Australia, at least for now, with his Hong Kong owner Bon Ho keen to showcase The Everest winner internationally.

In a bittersweet postscript to The Everest, Classique Legend's owner Bon Ho has confirmed the horse will head overseas.

While not ruling out a return to Australia to defend his title in the world's richest turf race next year, Ho revealed his desire to campaign the sprinter on the international stage.

"I've got a slot in The Everest for three years and Classique Legend is likely to return next year - unless I have a better sprinter at home,' Ho said.

"But I think Classique Legend is one of the top two or three sprinters in the world and he will have a better opportunity to race globally if he is based in Hong Kong.

"We can race him in Dubai, Tokyo and even Royal Ascot but I hope he can be back in Sydney next year for The Everest again.'

Classique Legend scored a thumping victory in the $15 million The Everest at Randwick on Saturday, settling midfield and powering home to street his rivals by 2-1/2 lengths.

He is set to enter quarantine on Monday before travelling to Hong Kong for the International Sprint in December, ahead of a globetrotting campaign.

Classique Legend was set to be transferred to Hong Kong earlier this year but Ho's plans were scuppered by the coronavirus pandemic.

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