Myths and Legends Finally Cracked the Big Time

Myths And Legends finally cracked the big time when the Cambridge jumper lowered the colours of the strongly-fancied Volkswagin in Saturday’s Waikato Steeplechase.

The nine-year-old has been thereabouts in a number of prestige events over the big fences in past seasons and it was his turn on the major stage at Te Rapa where he earned a hard-fought victory.
“It’s a great thrill and he still had ground to make up at the last, but he fought hard,” said trainer Mark Brooks, who races the gelding with his father Roger and mother Heather. “We bought him as a jumper and he’s had a few tendon issues, but he’s sound now.”

Myths And Legends was making his first appearance over the jumps this year and had been conditioned for a testing 4000 metres with three runs on the flat.
“He’s a good jumper and saves his energy and he’s been pretty consistent without winning one,” Brooks said.
Myths And Legends was fourth in last year’s Waikato Steeples and had also placed in the Great Northern, McGregor Grant, Inter-Island (twice) and Wellington Steeples.
Brooks said the son of Rainbow Myth was likely to head south again for the Trentham feature and the Grand National (he fell at Riccarton last year) before returning to hopefully go one better in the Great Northern at Ellerslie.

Myths And Legends was partnered by substitute jockey Isaac Lupton, who replaced the injured Jo Rathbone. “He’s been going around for a few seasons and always looked like he could win a big race and he’s finally got one now,” he said.