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First Caulfield Cup for Waller as Verry Elleegant defeats Anthony Van Dyck

Verry Elleegant (red) holds off Anthony Van Dyck
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Chris Waller's wait for a first Caulfield Cup came to an end on Saturday as Verry Elleegant powered to victory, defeating the Aidan O'Brien-trained Anthony Van Dyck.

Verry Elleegant has established herself as a top-class mare this year, and under a fine ride from Mark Zahra, she secured a fourth Group 1 success for 2020.

Jo Taylor, representing the winning trainer, told "Well done to everybody involved. She's kept maturing with age and you'd imagine she'd continue to do that.

"Hopefully this year we will head on to the Melbourne Cup, she's a phenomenal endurance athlete. Mark kept her out of trouble."

Verry Elleegant is now a top-priced 10-1 for the Lexus Melbourne Cup, though she was slashed to 7-1 (from 16) by Betfred. Anthony Van Dyck is a general 8-1 shot, with stablemate Tiger Moth the 5-1 favourite.

Last year's Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck had a wide draw in stall 21 to overcome, but the O'Brien-trained four-year-old ran a fine race under Hugh Bowman.

"We had a beautiful run in transit and I got going when it suited me. I thought I had the race at my mercy at the 300 (metres) but all credit to the winner," Bowman said. "She's so tough."

There was also another excellent run in Australia by Prince Of Arran, who stayed on well to take fourth.

Trained by Charlie Fellowes, Prince Of Arran has placed third and second in the last two renewals of the Melbourne Cup, and warmed up for another crack at the race with a strong run.

One runner who will not be contesting next month's Melbourne Cup for O'Brien is Irish Derby winner Santiago. Connections have elected to give the three-year-old a short break.

Full race result

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Hopefully this year we will head on to the Melbourne Cup, she's a phenomenal endurance athlete
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