McEvoy the man again in the Everest as Classique Legend surges to victory
Kerrin McEvoy won his third Everest when Classique Legend justified his status as the shortest-priced favourite in the four-year history of the race to win comfortably at Randwick on Saturday.
Trained by Les Bridge, Classique Legend won the 1200-metre (6f) race worth A$15 million (£8.2m/€9.06m) by two-and-a-half lengths from Bivouac, with Gytrash a further half-length away in third.
Classique Legend jumped quickly from barrier six and was snagged back to a midfield position, taking cover on eventual fourth Trekking before sailing down the middle of the Randwick straight to overrun fading leaders Eduardo and Nature Strip, who had established a blistering pace.
Haut Brion Her ran fifth ensuring, she was the highest placed finisher for trainer Chris Waller as last year's Everest fourth Nature Strip faded into seventh.
"It was a funny one because [after jumping well] I still needed to come in behind Trekking for a slot and they went quicker and I just had to ride my race," McEvoy said.
"I looked up at the 600-metre mark and they were well in front of me and I thought, 'Far out, if Nature Strip and his companions are back to their best they're going to take a fair bit of running down'.
"But full credit to the horse, with cover and a soft time of it early, he was able to really power when I asked him and soon after straightening, I was confident of picking them up.
"It's a great thrill to get him over the line. Les has pulled a masterstroke off, he kept him in training from the middle of July and Carmel [Size] has attended to him like a baby.
"It's been fantastic, it's been an unbelievable job to win another one [Everest]."
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