Legend To Be gave us another thrilling weekend when he won the Restricted Race at Penshurst point to point races on Saturday, 22 April.
Dickie Collinson, who was riding him again, said that this was an even better performance than at Higham. Given the drying ground, it was not surprisingly that the field sizes were disappointingly small and that made it a very tactical race. Although the ground had been watered, it was quite patchy, varying from firm to soft in places. As a result, Dickie sensibly decided not to let Legend fly his fences from outside the wings as he had done at Higham and made him take them more carefully. He was impressed how quick Legend was through the air and away from the landing side. His jumping was excellent although, as he got in a little tight to the third last fence, he was headed and dropped back by a couple of lengths. Dickie, however, was never concerned and he jumped up to be level with his rival at the second last and then, once they had rounded the final bend, Dickie asked Legend to go on and he responded quickly and was suddenly 4 lengths up. A neat and quick jump at the last and the race was won. A very professional performance by both horse and jockey! Dickie commented that Legend had plenty left and if he had been challenged he still had plenty of gears to use.
Legend knows that he is a hero and has been basking in glory today and will have a quiet couple of weeks while we work out where to go next. Here is a great picture of Legend flying the open ditch on his way to winning at Penshurst – image courtesy of email@example.com