A legend in the making
Making his seasonal debut, Living Legend finished well to deny an oddson favourite in a Kempton novice event on March 30. Barbara and Alick Richmond’s Camelot colt had opened his winning account at the second time of asking at Lingfield towards the end of September.
At Kempton, he was stepping up in trip from a mile to 10 furlongs. The in-form Joe Fanning took the ride, and the six runners were headed by the odds-on Dansili colt, Sucellus, a winner over an extended mile at Wolverhampton in December.
Sucellus set out to make the running, with Joe positioning Living Legend on his shoulder. The leading pair were followed by Sawasdee, and the field was soon strung out. Turning for home, Living Legend came a little wide into the straight to launch his challenge.
Sucellus then hung badly left, intimidating Living Legend and causing him to hang left in response. After a protracted duel, Living Legend got the better of his rival to score by three-quarters of a length, the pair having pulled seven lengths clear of the third horse, Sawasdee, despite their almost diagonal progress in the closing stages!
Living Legend is out of the prolific winner Jazz Girl, a Johar filly trained by former Johnston Racing vet Andy Oliver for current owner Garrett Freyne. Her eight career wins came over distances between a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half.