Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
|Grade 1, ParisLongchamp 15:05
1m 4f, Class 1
May 12 2020 Caulfield Cup winner and reigning Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year Verry Elleegant has been successful 11 times at the top level; she also landed the 2021 Melbourne Cup.
The star mare is set to be campaigned in Europe this summer after being transferred from Australian trainer Chris Waller to Chantilly-based Francis-Henri Graffard, a decision which, at this stage of her career, comes as something of a shock.
Verry Elleegant's owners, who include Brae Sokolski and Ozzie Kheir, said that in order to campaign in Europe properly, the horse would have to be trained abroad.
A statement, issued on Thursday morning, read: "We know she is a world class stayer who needs 2400m+ to show her true ability, but we expect her be weighted out of the Cups and as such there are limited options for her domestically.
"After much deliberation we came to the realisation that if we want to campaign her in Europe, we need to do it properly and send her to be trained and prepared in the northern hemisphere.
"As such we wish to advise that Verry Elleegant will be transferred to the care of leading French trainer Francis-Henri Graffard and trained out of the world class facilities at Chantilly.
"Although transportation arrangements are still being finalised, she will finish her spell next week and subject to flight availability will fly out anytime from that point forward.
"Bringing her to Europe early opens up a number of new possibilities, one of which is running in the Arc, however we will just keep an open mind on her program until deeper in her preparation with Francis."
The statement also paid tribute to Waller and his team, along with regular rider James McDonald, who steered her to victory in Australia's most famous race by four lengths on her last appearance in November.
Qatar Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe
£4,464,286 guaranteed, 3yo plus, 1m 4f, Class 1