Mark Zahra ready on Verry Elleegant Melbourne Cup name

“I do not know but,” Zahra mentioned on Sunday as he mirrored on what he mentioned was the best day of his profession.

“I believe they aren’t 100 per cent certain whether or not she’s going to run, I believe they have been going to attend on the handicap at first, to see what kind of penalty she would possibly get. Then they may determine on whether or not she runs or not. After that they may determine on who rides her.”

Zahra doesn’t, as but, have any different choices for the Melbourne Cup.

“Not likely. After I took the trip on her within the Caulfield Cup there was all the time an opportunity if she gained I might stick together with her so I could not actually decide to her. I’m simply ready to see,” he mentioned.

“Hopefully they make up their minds within the subsequent few days, and if she shouldn’t be going or I’m not using her then my supervisor should get to work to see who is obtainable.

“The toughest factor for me is the load, when I’m leaving it this late it makes it a bit robust, so the primary desire for me would clearly be for her to go for the Melbourne Cup and me to be on her. That might be the most effective state of affairs. I may most likely trip at 54.5 if I needed to search for one other trip, but it surely must be on a horse that might win,” the jockey mentioned.


Waller was undecided in regards to the horse’s subsequent project and he too admitted that the jockey dilemma was a troublesome conundrum.

“It is the most effective type I believe for any Melbourne Cup. Together with her weight it may be troublesome, she has to settle and do issues proper. after which now we have to query who we placed on her.

“Does James hop again on her? It’s his trip [but] I might by no means ever take a Caulfield-winning jockey off and I won’t but. COVID and restrictions, that call must be made as effectively. We’ve two jockeys who’ve by no means gained the Melbourne Cup earlier than. However we won’t thank Mark sufficient successful two group 1 races on her … and he would possibly win a 3rd.”

One in all Verry Elleegant’s half homeowners, Ozzie Kheir, mentioned her participation within the Melbourne Cup would possibly effectively be decided by what kind of a penalty, if any, she acquired for successful at Caulfield.

“If she will get additional weight that is going to be an issue. Chris was already questioning whether or not the load was even going to be an excessive amount of in a Caulfield Cup however she acquired via it,” he mentioned on Sunday.

“She tries so laborious so we’re anxious that she’s going to harm herself and we may break her down. She is a horse that will not quit. As a result of she retains on attempting and attempting, over that additional journey we’re anxious we may do some long-term harm to her. It is actually going to rely upon what penalty she will get.”

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