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Verry Elleegant to remain in contention for a run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Verry Elleegant to remain in contention for a run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Verry Elleegant will remain in contention for a run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe right up until a week before the race after an improved second run in France on Sunday.

Part-owner Brae Sokolski said Verry Elleegant’s third placing in the G2 Prix Foy (2400m) showed her overall trajectory was heading the right way after an unplaced run to begin her French sojourn at Chantilly last month.

He said that the owners did not need to pay the $180,000 late entry fee into the Arc on October 2 until the week of the race, so would not hasten on a decision whether the Melbourne Cup champion will chase one of the world’s premier races at her next start.

“There are two options, and we will bide our time and keep an open mind,” Sokolski said.

“There’s the Prix de Royallieu for fillies and mares over 2800 metres the day before the Arc and that’s a G1 and so is worth plenty of consideration.

“Also, there’s the possibility that Baaeed might not run in the Arc if its wet, so there’s plenty to play out and we don’t have to rush to make a decision.”

Sokolski said that connections could look forward with a little more clarity after Verry Elleegant’s improved run on Sunday.

 

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“I was really satisfied with the performance especially given the improvement from her first-up run,” he said.

As for the ultimate decision, Sokolski said the mare’s connections had some weighing up to do.

“The 2800 metre race is more winnable but in racing and owning these champions you obviously have to be really conscious of their legacy, but you also have to be conscious of why the ownership group owns horses for,” he said.

“The opportunity for her to run in an Arc, even if she might not be a leading winning chance, how do you weight that up against winning a second tier race on Arc weekend?”

WATCH: Verry Elleegant’s third in the Prix Foy (silks: green)