Kerrin McEvoy wins THIRD Everest in a row on Classique Legend scooping $15million prize

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Kerrin McEvoy wins THIRD Everest in a row on Classique Legend scooping $15million prize

Classique Legend has beaten Bivouac and Gytrash in the $15million Everest to claim the most valuable thoroughbred purse on turf in world racing.

Coming from midfield under Kerrin McEvoy, Classique Legend sprinted brilliantly to salute with authority in the 1200m race at Randwick.

Classique Legend is trained by Les Bridge, a veteran horseman who has also won a Melbourne Cup and a Golden Slipper during a decorated career.

The Everest was first launched in 2017 at Sydney's Randwick and has already established itself as one of horse racing's most prestigious events.

The Everest was first launched in 2017 at Sydney’s Randwick and has already established itself as one of horse racing’s most prestigious events.

It's the third Everest victory for the world-class jockey Kerrin McEvoy (pictured after the race with Classique Legend)

It's the third Everest victory for the world-class jockey Kerrin McEvoy (pictured after the race with Classique Legend)

It’s the third Everest victory for the world-class jockey Kerrin McEvoy (pictured after the race with Classique Legend)

McEvoy on Classique Legend returns to scale after winning the Everest Royal Randwick

McEvoy on Classique Legend returns to scale after winning the Everest Royal Randwick

McEvoy on Classique Legend returns to scale after winning the Everest Royal Randwick

McEvoy congratulates Classique Legend with a pat on the neck after winning the big race

McEvoy congratulates Classique Legend with a pat on the neck after winning the big race

McEvoy congratulates Classique Legend with a pat on the neck after winning the big race

And since the day Classique Legend first walked into his stable, Bridge has known the gelding was a special horse.

But in the countdown to Saturday, he was certain the sprinter was the best he had put a bridle on and he wouldn’t hear of defeat.

‘I’ve been telling everyone for three months,’ he said.

McEvoy, who has ridden three of the only four Everest winners, said Classique Legend had a job to do in a race that was run at a breakneck speed.

Punters are seen celebrating at the $15million thoroughbred race at Royal Randwick

Punters are seen celebrating at the $15million thoroughbred race at Royal Randwick

Punters are seen celebrating at the $15million thoroughbred race at Royal Randwick

Trainer Matthew Dale (pictured centre) and wife Amy Dale (right) react during the running of race 5, the Kosciuszko

Trainer Matthew Dale (pictured centre) and wife Amy Dale (right) react during the running of race 5, the Kosciuszko

Trainer Matthew Dale (pictured centre) and wife Amy Dale (right) react during the running of race 5, the Kosciuszko

‘I looked up at the 600 (metres) and they were well in front, they were off,’ he said.

‘I thought, ‘far out’ if Nature Strip and the companions are back to their best they are going to take a bit of running down.

‘Full credit to my horse. With that cover and soft time of it early, he was able to really power when I asked him. Soon after I was confident I would pick them up.’

In a favourite’s race, Classique Legend ($4.20) surged clear for a 2-1/2 length win over Bivouac ($9.50).

South Australian-trained sprinter Gytrash ($6) finished a half-length away third with Bivouac’s stablemate Trekking in fourth.

Pip Edwards and Michael Clarke are pictured in attendance at the Everest Race Day

Pip Edwards and Michael Clarke are pictured in attendance at the Everest Race Day

Pip Edwards and Michael Clarke are pictured in attendance at the Everest Race Day

Candace Warner is pictured in attendance at the Everest Race Day at Royal Randwick

Candace Warner is pictured in attendance at the Everest Race Day at Royal Randwick

Candace Warner is pictured in attendance at the Everest Race Day at Royal Randwick

Seven presenter Samantha Armytage is pictured in a colourful gown at the Everest Race Day

Seven presenter Samantha Armytage is pictured in a colourful gown at the Everest Race Day

Seven presenter Samantha Armytage is pictured in a colourful gown at the Everest Race Day

Connections react after Jockey Jason Collett rides It's Me to victory in race 5

Connections react after Jockey Jason Collett rides It's Me to victory in race 5

Connections react after Jockey Jason Collett rides It’s Me to victory in race 5



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