The Herald Sun brings an interesting story on Dec. 7, 2013 – it’s about a Thoroughbred runner by the name of Viking Legend. Apparently, Viking Legend is a racehorse that has had his share of tough luck during his life. But his trainers – Ross Simpson who trains in partnership with Tracey Barnes – never gave up on Viking Legend despite the difficulties encountered.
Certainly Simpson’s perseverance paid off when Viking Legend turned in a hard-won victory in the Goldners Horse Transport Handicap (2500m) at Randwick's Kensington meeting. (Neil Werrett who is a part owner of Viking Legend did not see Viking Legend’s comeback win – at the same time his world-famous mare Black Caviar was awarded joint world championship with French filly Treve.)
Viking Legend’s troubles started when he was only a three-year old. He bowed a tendon and this could have been the end of his racing career then and there. The owners sent the horse to Simpson where he was given 12 months rest in the paddock. He was gelded and began to condition back to form.
Troubles were not yet over for Viking Legend, however. He has had 22 race starts and placed only once. He was bitten by a spider last year, got seriously ill and almost died.
And then the horse showed his winning form at last in the Goldners Horse Transport Handicap:
Viking Legend ($31) outstayed Tenacitus ($3 favourite) to win by a half head with Instrumentalist ($3.20) a long head away third.
Simpson believes they have worked out best way to ride Viking Legend. He says,
I train him like a miler, not a stayer, keep him on the fresh side. He's a natural stayer, clean-winded, and he has never been going better.
On New Year’s Day, Simpson said Viking Legend are headed to the City Tattersalls Cup at Randwick.
Source: Herald Sun
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