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Verry Elleegant’s younger brother makes underwhelming debut in Perth

Verry Elleegant’s younger brother makes underwhelming debut in Perth

While star mare Verry Elleegant ramps up preparations for her overseas debut in France, her younger brother made an underwhelming debut in Perth on Wednesday finishing out of the placings as the $4.60 second favourite.

The brother of last year’s Melbourne Cup winner, Affluential, trained by Group 1-winning horseman Adam Durrant finished last of a 10-horse field in the second race at Belmont, a 1700-metre maiden.

Raced by leviathan Western Australian-based owner Bob Peters in his famous cerise and white silks, the four-year-old son of Zed out of Opulence settled midfield and was ridden along by Clint Johnson-Porter before the turn. He failed to make any impact down the straight, finishing 9.2 lengths behind winner Candlelight Supper.

Formerly trained by now disbanded partnership Grant and Alana Williams, Affluential was a $140,000 yearling purchased at the 2020 Karaka yearling sale in New Zealand and had been given two official trials leading up to his debut run.