He had four winners – two prepared by Les Bridge and one each for Team Snowden and Matthew Smith – and they should continue to fly the flag for their respective connections in 2021.

Madam Legend and Legend Rules both won for Bridge and carried the colours of Classique Legend, who makes his Hong Kong debut at Sha Tin on Sunday carrying the colours of big-spending owner Bon Ho.

The Everest winner Classique Legend makes his Hong Kong debut this week but his presence was felt at Tuesday's barrier trials.

The Everest winner Classique Legend makes his Hong Kong debut this week but his presence was felt at Tuesday’s barrier trials.Credit:Getty

Four-time winner Madam Legend did it easily in heat three and it was a similar story for Legend Rules in heat 14. The veteran Randwick trainer should have plenty of fun with both of these I Am Invincible-bred sprinters.

Barbaric won heat four and he too was able to toy with his opposition for Peter and Paul Snowden. He is an above average three-year-old from Mimi Lebrock and a winner of the Black Opal. He is primed for a first-up success.

Matthew Smith has a likely type in Lashes and, like the aforementioned trainers, is enjoying a cracking run of success. She is a five-year-old mare who has won four races and more than $230,000.

There were a number of other eye-catching performers on Tuesday, particularly the Melbourne trained colt Gleneagles, who is prepared by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young and is bound for the increased Magic Millions prizemoney on offer. He runs at Wyong next Wednesday in his debut run.
The Gai Waterhouse-Adrian Bott pair had two winners, as did John Sargent, while John O’Shea produced a likely winner in heat 15 when the Not A Single Doubt three-year-old won racing as Single Tonite.

Hoofnote: A number of unraced two-year-olds trekked to Kembla Grange on Wednesday and three of the winners should also be closely watched.

John Thompson and Rachel King combined for a winning double with Flying Tirol (Flying Artie filly) in the first heat and then Baranof, a Hinchinbrook colt, was also a smart winner.

Gary Portelli had the third two-year-old winner when Kathy O’Hara was successful on a grey gelding named Silver Thorn – a youngster by hot stallion Capitalist – romped home in his heat.

Support bowling Tim over

Limitless Lodge’s Tim Boland is a master horseman from both a thoroughbred and equestrian viewpoint and is counting himself extremely fortunate after being involved in a serious riding accident a fortnight ago.

Boland’s riding ability cannot be underestimated. He is one of Australia’s top event riders, contesting Olympic lead-ups as well as many of the major equestrian events throughout the world.

Bloodlines only learned of Boland’s mishap earlier this week with the accident taking place a fortnight ago on Friday. He explained he was riding an event horse and said the fall was ‘‘completely an innocent one.’’

It turned out to be quite serious. He broke two bones in his neck (the C2 and T2) and had no feelings in his arms or hands at the time and a broken collarbone.

He was discharged from hospital a week ago and has been able to run his horse-breaking business with a slick staff at Limitless Lodge. He said this time of the year was a quiet period with the yearling sales beginning on January 6.

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Boland has a number of great clients including Chris Waller, Team Hawkes, Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou, as well as Coolmore, Vinery and Torryburn studs.

He is also part of the team behind the mighty Winx, having broken in the great mare at Wyong Creek, as well as Zoustar. He has three properties being used for his business on the Central Coast.

Boland told Bloodlines he hoped to be back in action in six to eight weeks and wanted to thank all who had been in touch to wish him a speedy recovery.

johnhollysenior@yahoo.com.au

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