Hall of Fame trainer Les Bridge has revealed his star sprinter Classique Legend suffered a serious injury in last month’s The Everest which will sideline the galloper until at least after the autumn. Bridge told Radio TAB that the six-year-old son of Not A Single Doubt suffered a suspensory ligament injury when fifth behind Nature Strip in The Everest.
“He sprained a suspensory ligament in that Everest,” Bridge said. “Nothing about it was ideal. That’s life, go onto the next one.
“He’ll miss the TJ Smith and those races.
“I’ll just bring him back for The Everest.”
Bridge said the 2020 The Everest winner has already started his rehabilitation which is expected to continue for up to six months.
“He’s having laser treatment and all the modern stuff they’ve got now,” he said. “He goes on a treadmill and comes back in three months.
“Then I’ve got to give him some light work. I’ve just got to get that ligament right again.
“You have a much greater success rate with suspensory injuries than you do with tendons.
“We’ll get him right.
“It’s six months of treatment so we’ll do that and then start again.”
Classique Legend is the $9 second favourite in the TAB Fixed Odds market for next year’s The Everest.
Originally published as The Everest winner Classique Legend suffers career-threatening injury