No Arc for Elleegant but Euro trip possible
Chris Waller has revealed that Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) heroine Verry Elleegant (Zed) will not take part in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m) in France, but could still make the trip to Europe for Champions Day at Ascot.
Waller announced that the mare will continue her career in Australia, with the Winx Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) at Randwick in August targeted for her return. “Whilst running her in the Arc would be a dream come true for all of us, we just felt that it would come around too soon to enable her to have a proper spell and be fully prepared in Australia for this assignment,” Waller said.
“However, a trip to Europe a little later in the spring is still strongly on the cards, providing she returns to the form she showed in the spring when dominating the Melbourne Cup. It is likely that she will have three runs in Australia in the spring with the Winx Stakes, the Chelmsford (Stakes), the Kingston Town (Stakes) and The Underwood all being considered, prior to a decision being made on a Melbourne Cup defence, or a trip to Europe.”