Verry Elleegant offers Chris Waller his first Caulfield Cup

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Verry Elleegant gives Chris Waller his first Caulfield Cup


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Chris Waller and Mark Zahra landed their first Caulfield Cup win with star mare Verry Elleegant

Australia’s premier coach Chris Waller and jockey Mark Zahra landed their first Caulfield Cup wins when excellent five-year-old Verry Elleegant held off worldwide raider Anthony Van Dyck.

Waller, who watched the race from Randwick, mentioned it was a particular win from a really particular horse.

“I assumed she was overwhelmed however she dug so deep,” Waller mentioned.

“Going into the race I considered the negatives as historical past tells you not many mares can carry 55 kilos in a Caulfield Cup and win with that weight.

“That she might do it tells you ways good she is.”

Zahra mentioned it was one of the best day of his profession as he had earlier gained on Energy Scheme, Albarado and California Zimbol.

“Going into the Caulfield Cup I assumed I might need used all my luck up. It’s a large thrill,” Zahra mentioned.

Zahra settled Verry Elleegant in a midfield place and made his run out huge and earlier than the flip, which was his plan.

Zahra knew a horse was coming at her within the closing phases however didn’t realise it was Anthony Van Dyck.

Waller mentioned the Caulfield Cup was often one of the best type reference for the Melbourne Cup however admitted that race could be one other problem for Verry Elleegant.

“Along with her weight, clearly it’s going to be troublesome and he or she’s obtained to settle and do issues proper,” he mentioned.

He mentioned additionally they wanted to decide as as to whether Zahra or James McDonald would trip her within the 2020 Melbourne Cup.

“We’ve obtained a call to make there. We will’t thank Mark sufficient for successful two Group One races on her and he may win a 3rd.”

Zahra is hoping he can keep on her as he believes she will probably be suited by 3200 metres.

“On the way in which she toughed it out and I additionally thought she was holding Anthony Van Dyck, I feel the 3200 metres will swimsuit her,” Zahra mentioned.

It was the previous Darren Weir-trained mare’s eleventh win from 24 begins and her sixth at Group One degree.

The 2019 English Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck loomed as much as Verry Elleegant within the straight and his jockey Hugh Bowman thought he was going to win.

“It was an incredible run, an outstanding effort. We had an attractive run in transit and I obtained going when it suited me,” Bowman mentioned.

“I assumed I had the race at my mercy on the 300 (metres) however all credit score to the winner. She’s so robust.”

Verry Elleegant ($5 fav) defeated Anthony Van Dyck ($6) by a brief neck with The Chosen One ($61) three-quarters of a size away third.

 



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