The Listed Opunake Cup is next on the agenda for Time Legend after a welcome win on his return home in the Veterinary Services Hcp at Te Awamutu.
Cambridge trainer John Bell inherited the NZ bred gelding after he suffered a fetlock injury in Hong Kong.
Time Legend (6g Keeper – Woodini by Woodman) was originally purchased by Rogerson Bloodstock for $64,000 at the 2007 NZ Bloodstock Select yearling sale when sold by Te Mania Thoroughbreds.
Time Legend (NZ) was a G3 winner of the Red Anchor Stakes at Moonee Valley in October 2008 before transferring to Hong Kong where he was unplaced in all 8 starts.
“Paul O’Sullivan trained him up there but had to work around fetlock issues,” Bell revealed. “When Paul found out he was coming back to New Zealand, he told me to keep him on off tracks and I would have a horse.”
Bell said a big factor in Time Legend’s dynamic start to racing in New Zealand was that he was enjoying the change of environment from Hong Kong. “It was a temperament thing and we’ve just had to get the Hong Kong-itis out of the way.
“The Hong Kong attrition rate is high. We see a lot of horses coming back from there these days. Looked after, they can go on to be very nice horses here.”
“We’ve looked after him and he will be a nice horse through the winter. We’ll take our time with him and have just got to keep him sound.”
Bell will be hoping for another wet track in the LR Opunake Cup (1400m) at New Plymouth on July 21.
Cambridge Stud sire Keeper will be represented by two lots at the NZB Winter Sale at Karaka on August 3 and another seven 2YOs at the South Island Sale at Christchurch on August 10.