By Australian Associated Press and Andrew Prentice For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 06:44 BST, 17 October 2020 | Updated: 07:38 BST, 17 October 2020
Classique Legend showed its class to snare the richest race in Australia, the $15million Everest at Royal Randwick on Saturday afternoon.
With gun jockey Kerrin McEvoy on board, Classique Legend sprinted brilliantly to salute ahead of Bivouac and Gytrash over 1200m at Randwick.
McEvoy has remarkably won the Everest three times.
Classique Legend is trained by Les Bridge, an industry veteran who also won a Melbourne Cup in 1987 with Kensei.
Saturday's triumph saw Bridge earn a cool $6.2million for his troubles.
The Everest was first launched in 2017 at Sydney's Royal Randwick and has already established itself as one of horse racing's most prestigious events
It was the third Everest victory for world-class jockey Kerrin McEvoy (pictured above moments after the race with Classique Legend)
Gun jockey Kerrin McEvoy on board Classique Legend moments after winning the $15million Everest at Royal Randwick, in Sydney's east
McEvoy congratulates Classique Legend with a pat on the neck after winning the big race at Royal Randwick on Saturday
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.