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Elleegant mare does it again - Paul Vettise TDN AusNZ

Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed {NZ}) was again at her Group 1 best at Randwick while Sierra Sue (NZ) (Darci Brahma {NZ}) handed an emotional Daniel Moor the first top-flight riding success of his career on his 37th birthday, and Nash Rawiller was at his brilliant best claiming four wins at Randwick.


Class rises to top again

Trainer Chris Waller was again left to marvel at the class and determination of his star mare Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed {NZ}) at Randwick where she collected her ninth Group 1 title with victory in the George Main S.


Verry Elleegant looked in a touch of trouble with 250 metres to run when Riodini (NZ) (Proisir) had a good break, but the mare pinned her ears back and charged home along the fence to nail the pacemaker.


“She’s just a very good horse, it’s as simple as that. The team do a wonderful job with her and it’s an honour to train a horse like her,” Waller said. “She has strengthened as an older mare and mentally she is a lot better as well.


“At the half-mile, she was cruising and then she had to dig really deep in that last 200 and that’s what horse like Verry Elleegant do.”


The G1 Cox Plate is top of the spring wish list, but Waller has yet to lock in her path to the weight-for-age championship.


“I’ve yet to decide on her next run. It could be the Hill S. in two weeks, or it could be the Turnbull S. into the Cox Plate,” he said.


Riodini was game in defeat and profiles well as a G1 Epsom H. contender while Think It Over (So You Think {NZ}) is a genuine customer and again ran well to finish a close third.