Born Legend - Race Horse
- Trained by Christa Gilbert - Horse Racing Trainer
Born Legend was an expensive purchase as a yearling when bought to go into training with Charlie Hills, he did not fair too badly on the flat. He joined the club as a 3yo and was immediately sent hurdling, it was not an easy transition but finally a wide margin victory at Bangor was delivered giving us all a thrill. More sketchy performances have followed and he has now gone to the Channel Islands to Jersey's champion trainer Christa Gilbert for a summer campaign at Jersey's Les Landes racecourse.
Stuart Redding's review of Born Legend's race at Wincanton 09.04.18
Stuart Redding's review of Born Legend's race at Sandown 10.03.18
Sometimes in racing things happen that can't be legislated for and today was one of those days. Slipped blinkers meant that Born Legend couldn't really see where he was going so it was no surprise that he didn't perform. We can put a line for this and hope that we're due some better luck next time he goes to to the track.
Stuart Redding's review of Born Legend's race at Warwick 10.02.18
This was a highly encouraging comeback from Born Legend. Having his first run since a breathing operation, he clearly enjoyed being able to make the running as he led for most of the way and was only seen off in the closing stages. He hasn't always been the easiest to predict but he can win again soon if found a slightly weaker contest at a track that suits front-runners.
Stuart Redding's review of Born Legend's race at Newbury 30.12.17
It's difficult to know what to say about Born Legend. He once again showed plenty of ability, as he made most of the running and appeared to have a few in trouble turning for home, but as soon as he came under pressure the petrol tank emptied and he quickly faded out of contention. It's probably worth getting him the once-over from a vet but perhaps all we can do is find him a race at a venue that suits front-runners and keep our fingers crossed.
Stuart Redding's review of Born Legend's race at Fontwell 11.12.17
What are we going to do with Born Legend? He was still in contention until a mistake in the back straight but after that he completely gave up and nothing Leighton could do would make him run any quicker. We could try mixing up the headgear again but his main problem appears to be between his ears and they are never easy to fix.
Stuart Redding's review of Born Legend's race at Bangor-on-Dee 15.11.17
What a display from the enigmatic Born Legend! Harrison Beswick wisely ignored the tearaway leader but he led the main pack throughout and surged clear when asked for an effort. With the favourite disappointing this probably wasn't a great contest but he couldn't have done it more impressively and he should be able to strike again now that he's got his head in front.
Stuart Redding's review of Born Legend's race at Uttoxeter 19.10.17
Born Legend looked much more like a race horse today. He got warm beforehand and raced with the choke out, but he clearly appreciated the adoption of more positive tactics and newly applied blinkers as he kept plugging away to secure third. This was also much his best round of jumping and he won’t often bump into one quite as good as effortless winner Knight Destroyer, so hopefully he can find a similar race in the near future.
Stuart Redding's review of Born Legend's race at Ludlow 11.10.17
This was a thoroughly mullish display from Born Legend, who certainly isn't living up to his name at the moment. Maybe he took offence to being asked to run in the rain but he was out the back from an early stage and never got involved, with Leighton giving up the unequal struggle before they'd turned for home. He's running out of excuses but probably deserves one more chance in more severe headgear before we abandon hurdling with him.
Stuart Redding's review of Born Legend's race at Plumpton 24.09.17
Well the result wasn't quite what we were hoping for but the performance was a lot better than his first try over hurdles. He jumped more fluently this time and was up with the pace until tiring from the final turn. He seems to be getting his act together now so hopefully he will be able to take another step forward next time out.
Stuart Redding's review of Born Legend's hurdling debut at Newton Abbot 16.08.17
This certainly wasn't the start we were hoping for, as Born Legend was always towards the back of the pack and checked out quickly, eventually pulling up. To be fair it looked as though the occasion got to him, as he pulled far too hard and didn't seem to enjoy jumping the hurdles. It was obviously a disappointing effort, but he can still make a mark after some more intensive education at home.