There is something about All Time Legend that stands out to veteran trainer Les Bridge and jockey Kerrin McEvoy as he returns to racing in the July Sprint at Rosehill on Saturday with spring targets in mind.
A winner of five of his nine starts as he has progressed through his grades, All Time Legend has stretched out to a mile in past campaigns, but Bridge’s intention is to keep the Zoustar four-year-old to sprints this campaign.
His potential has him as a $2.70 favourite for the July Sprint, where he takes on a group of hardened open company sprinters including Trumbull, Isaurian and Man Of Peace.
“I have spoken to Les and he is going to keep him to shorter, sharper races this preparation,” McEvoy said. “He has always been a very smart horse and we have thought this would be the preparation where he shows his best.
“He was very good winning over 1200m at Randwick first up last time coming from back in the field. “This is a little bit different, being 1100m at Rosehill, but it will give us a good indication of him.”
Bridge holds the opinion that All Time Legend could get to the top level, but he has to work out what his best trip is.
“He is just a good horse. We got him out to a mile but he may be just a sprinter with a very big finish,” Bridge said. “That’s how Kerrin will ride him on Saturday, and we’ll see what happens.
“We have time with him, but I have always thought this spring would be his best prep.”
McEvoy also links with Bridge’s impressive first-up winner Madam Legend as part of a good book of rides. He has True Detective in the Winter Challenge, and Alvin The Bold and Brazen Gem are among his other chances.