Despite being a Group One “bridesmaid” London Legend won races in all seven seasons he raced earning $456,124 in stakes.
“But if he was five lengths better than he was he would not have finished four times second in Group One races,” Cran said.
“He was a high speed horse but a bridesmaid in the big ones. The two mile (3200m) races didn’t suit him,” he said.
The In the Pocket gelding gave an early taste of his speed winning the G2 2002 International Cargo Express Rising Stars 3YO Championship at Addington in a 1:58.2 rate (1950m) in the hands of Mark Jones.
At four, he was sharp winning the $30,000 (Listed) Pelorus Trust 4YO Classic at Waterlea, Marlborough, in a 1:59 rate for the 2300m.
He then racked up three consecutive G1 seconds in $100,000 races at Auckland.
London Legend chased home Elsu in both the Taylor 4YO Mile at Auckland (won in 1:55) and the NZ Mesenger 4YO Championship, then was second again, this time behind Sly Flyin in the Friday Flash City Of Auckland FFA.
He was also nosed out in the G1 $100,000 Lindauer NZ Free-For-All at Addington on Show Day 2005 behind Howard Bromac, who rated 1:55.2 (2000m), with dual NZ Cup winner Just An Excuse third.
London Legend proved a great money-spinner for owners Jim and Susan Wakefield, also tasting success in Australia holding on narrowly to win the 2006 $A25,000 (Listed) Sky Channel FFA at Moonee Valley.
He was retired two weeks after winning his penultimate race as a 9YO in August 2008.
London Legend is now living out his days away from the racetrack as a leisure riding hack in North Canterbury.
LONDON LEGEND _ Career record: 101s-25w-27p, $456,124