Jockey Says Verry Elleegant Deserves Shot at Melbourne Cup 2020

August 25, 2020

Jockey Says Verry Elleegant Deserves Shot at Melbourne Cup 2020

Ace hoop James McDonald said Chris Waller’s gutsy first-up Winx Stakes winner Verry Elleegant deserves her shot at a 2020 Melbourne Cup run over the two-miles this spring.

Verry Elleegant Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Jockey James McDonald would love to see Winx Stakes winner Verry Elleegant tested over two-miles this spring. Photo: Steve Hart.

McDonald partnered the now three-time Group 1 winning daughter of Zed first-up in the Winx Stakes (1400m) last weekend.

Verry Elleegant showed tremendous fight to come back and narrowly defeat stablemate Star Of The Seas in a thrilling photo-finish to kick-off Group 1 racing for the new season down under.

The five-year-old also won the Group 1 ATC Oaks as a three-year-old and this autumn’s Group 1 Tancred Stakes – both over the mile and a half – so is only set to improve on her return win as she goes up in distance.

Just how far distance-wise she is extended is up to Team Waller, but McDonald said he would love to see her tested over the 3200m of the iconic Group 1 $7.75 million Lexus Melbourne Cup at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.

“I’d love to see her over two miles, especially with that turn of foot and her toughness,” McDonald told RSN.

“She definitely gives you that feel. The deeper into the prep she goes, she seems to get stronger.

“I’d love to see her over that trip, or just to give it a go anyway, I think she deserves her chance it just depends on what weight she gets now.”

After her Winx Stakes success Verry Elleegant firmed into the pre-field second-favourite for the Group 1 $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 17 at $12 behind only SA Derby winner Russian Camelot ($11).

Whether McDonald will be there in Melbourne for the opening leg of the Spring Cups double or in Sydney for the $15 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick aboard Waller’s sprint star Nature Strip is still to be decided.

“I haven’t really thought about it yet, I’ll just let the dust settle and let it progress,” he said.

Last spring Waller bypassed the Cup races with Verry Elleegant in favour of a run in The Valley’s Group 1 $5 million Cox Plate (2040m) famously won by her former stablemate Winx a record four times.

She only managed to run 12th behind the Japanese-trained Lys Gracieux, but Waller is yet to rule out another shot at the Australasian weight-for-age championship.

Verry Elleegant is currently paying $10 as the early favourite in all-in 2020 Cox Plate betting markets at race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au.

As for the ‘race that stops a nation’, futures betting on the Melbourne Cup in 2020 has the mare at

Click here for the latest Cox Plate 2020 odds, here for the Caulfield Cup futures markets and here for the best early Melbourne Cup odds online – all courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Sandown Guineas 2020 Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field & Odds Update: Avilius Firming Favourite

Despite a last start failure in the Melbourne Cup the Godolphin-raced Avilius...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oli...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oliver Rides Sixth Winner on Personal

Jockey Damien Oliver celebrated his sixth success in the 162nd running of the...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020:...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020: Personal Wins The Oaks

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day continues the racing action of the Melbourne Cup...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Fleming...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

Day 3 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place at Flemington Racecourse...

Horse Racing Today

2021 Australia Stakes Field &#...

2021 Magic Millions 3YO Guinea...

2021 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas Results: Aim Wins As Isotope Loses Rider

It was a shock result in the 2021 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas with the Peter...

2021 Magic Millions 2YO Classi...

2021 Magic Millions 2YO Classic Winner: Shaquero for Waller

Trainer Chris Waller celebrated his first success in the 2021 Magic Millions...

Greysful Glamour Wins Villiers...

Greysful Glamour Wins Villiers Stakes and 2021 Doncaster Mile Ballot Exemption

Mark Newnham and jockey Rachel King celebrated back-to-back wins in the Group...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oli...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oliver Rides Sixth Winner on Personal

Jockey Damien Oliver celebrated his sixth success in the 162nd running of the...

Race Results

Group 2 Australia Stakes Winner: Streets Of Avalon To Defend Futurity Stakes Title

2021 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas Results: Aim Wins As Isotope Loses Rider

2021 Magic Millions 2YO Classic Winner: Shaquero for Waller

Greysful Glamour Wins Villiers Stakes and 2021 Doncaster Mile Ballot Exemption

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oliver Rides Sixth Winner on Personal

Race Previews

2021 Australia Stakes Field & Betting Update: Viridine Odds-On Favourite of Six

2021 Australian Cup Nominations Feature Past Champions

2021 Newmarket Handicap Nominations: Bivouac Back to Defend Title

Ole Kirk Heads 2021 Australian Guineas Nominations

2021 Magic Millions Cup Field & Betting: Favourite Yao Dash Draws Barrier 1

Fields & Form

2021 Australia Stakes Field & Betting Update: Viridine Odds-On Favourite of Six

2021 Australian Cup Nominations Feature Past Champions

2021 Newmarket Handicap Nominations: Bivouac Back to Defend Title

Ole Kirk Heads 2021 Australian Guineas Nominations

2021 Magic Millions Cup Field & Betting: Favourite Yao Dash Draws Barrier 1