Verry Elleegant out to reinforce standing in George Primary Stakes


Regardless of there being solely seven acceptances, not often has a George Primary consisted of such a good subject, on paper. It’s supported by The Shorts for top-seasoned sprinters, extra to my style than tearaway three-year-olds pizzazzed into the highlight due to stud potential.

Additionally phrase is circulating that Racing NSW will try and take over Crown Land racecourses, which might be a serious step in our time for racing within the state. In fact, state parliament is a hurdle however one which Racing NSW supremo Peter V’Landys has had little bother negotiating previously.

Just lately he introduced the ruling physique already has $100 million invested in property and had added Cessnock racecourse to the portfolio plus 500 acres at Scone.

The management of different parcels of Crown Land may result in a state-of-the-art coaching centre at, say, Bowral, however racecourses with growth potential could be as jittery as Racing Victoria ought to be with the civil courtroom motion towards Darren Weir over jigger fees.

Clever guys preserve Weir gained the opening rounds however predicting authorized outcomes is as problematic as discovering a Grand Nationwide winner.

Weir was the previous coach of Verry Elleegant, like Nature Strip and Humidor earlier than Chris Waller waved his magic wand over them. Maybe Humidor was Waller’s most interesting coaching achievement, an eight-year-old burnt-out gelding who couldn’t get scorching in Perth. Underneath Waller, he triumphed within the group 2 Feehan at Moonee Valley lately.

With Nature Strip and Verry Elleegant Waller has extra to work with. Certain, Verry Elleegant was excessive huge and hardly good-looking taking the Winx Stakes at Randwick two weeks again, beating Star of The Seas by an eyelash with Imaging taking place by solely a half-length after a much-impeded passage. Each have a return bout as we speak.

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Avilius, one other sturdy contender with Bowman up, scored within the George Primary final 12 months with Verry Elleegant fourth. The map favours Dreamforce, second to Avilius in 2019, getting a cushty lead. However is Waller, with 4 of the seven, going to let him have a picnic within the park? Or will James McDonald enable Verry Elleegant to race up shut? Anyway, Waller has notched six George Mains, all favourites within the group 1 that has hosted champions, two crushed: Sunline (1999) and Tulloch (1960).

Being a gaggle 2, The Shorts doesn’t have the identical depth however it’s a high subject, together with Classique Legend, a five-year-old with the advantage of a Les Bridge preparation, and Bowman’s mount, the early favorite Bivouac.