Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant is heading to France following the shocking announcement that the champion mare will be separating from trainer Chris Waller.
Champion mare Verry Elleegant will leave the Chris Waller stable and be transferred to French main trainer Francis-Henri Graffard.
On Thursday afternoon, Waller released a statement announcing that the reigning Melbourne Cup winner would be moving overseas to further her racing career.
“It was an honor to train Verry Elleegant for an important part of his career,” said Waller.
“She has given us so many great emotions over the years and we are very proud of her. My team across Australia is responsible for their success and longevity, for which I thank them and wish the owners all the best for their Northern Hemisphere racing campaign. “
Winner of 16 races and nearly $ 15 million in stakes, Verry Elleegant’s crowning achievement came in last year’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200 meters) with a thrilling victory on the first Tuesday in November.
In Thursday’s joint announcement, the six-year-old mare-owned group said the decision to embark on a European campaign was made after lengthy deliberation.
“Being part of a champion racehorse is not only a huge privilege, but also a huge responsibility,” the statement read.
“As owners of Verry Elleegant, we take this responsibility very seriously and over the past couple of weeks we have been thinking further about what constitutes the right plan for our beautiful mare.
“After much deliberation we realized that if we want to campaign her in Europe, we have to do it correctly and send her to be trained in the Northern Hemisphere.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris Waller and his team for the outstanding work they have done with Verry Elleegant.”
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Originally published as Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant heads to France after Chris Waller’s split shock