Les Bridge is a man of few words – except when he is discussing subjects that interest him.
Like his beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs, the global pandemic, his stable of racehorses and Classique Legend. Particularly Classique Legend.
The training maestro speaks with a boyish enthusiasm about the sprinter who took him to the summit of Sydney racing by winning The Everest last year.
Bridge enjoyed the view so much he’s planning to go there again with the “Grey Flash” this spring carnival.
“Classique Legend looks terrific,’’ Bridge said.
“If I can get him in the same mental and physical state as he was going into The Everest last year he can win it again.
“I probably won’t know for sure until after I give him a barrier trial but my gut feeling is he is as good as ever.
“All I’ve got to do is to get the horse back to the form he was in last year, that’s the key. I don’t think The Everest is going to be any harder this year than it was last year.
“I’m telling you, if I get him 100 per cent I’m not worried about anything.’’
Nothing seems to worry Bridge too much these days. He takes everything in his stride.
Perhaps his carefree attitude comes from the lessons learned from a life well lived.
At 83, he has achieved so much in racing.
But Bridge doesn’t spend his time looking in the rear-view mirror. He’s focused on what lies ahead.
Which is why the Hall of Fame trainer isn’t about to let Sydney’s latest coronavirus outbreak and city lockdown alter his big-race plans for the new racing season.
The training maestro hasn’t been to the races too often in recent weeks due to the worsening Covid-19 situation but received his second vaccination on Thursday which he hopes will be his passport to a more normal way of life.