ThoroughBred Racing

Elleegant draws inside barrier

Elleegant draws inside barrier

Verry Elleegant has drawn an inside barrier for her attempt at turning around her fortunes in France in Saturday night’s G1 Prix De Royallieu (2800m) at Longchamp.

Mark Zahra will partner the mare for just the second time since his famous Caulfield Cup victory in 2020 with Verry Elleegant finally enjoying some luck at the barrier draw with the reigning Melbourne Cup winner jumping from gate two in a field of 10.

Verry Elleegant was forced into the 2800-metre race after it looked certain she would miss the cut for her ultimate goal the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) at Longchamp on Sunday due to French handicappers dramatically slashing her international rating.