Australian Oaks Tips - No query on distance for Verry Elleegant

  • Verry Elleegant sure to run every inch of the trip.
  • Still has upside and has been brilliant in both Sydney runs. 
  • Place value with Aliferous
Jockey James McDonald returns to scale after riding Verry Elleegant to victory in the Vinery Stud Stakes (PA Images)

Half the battle when trying to find an Oaks winner is anticipating which fillies will run the distance right out, but there are no doubts around Verry Elleegant running the trip in Saturday’s Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick. 

Despite finishing six lengths from Aristia in the VRC Oaks (2500m) in the spring, Verry Elleegant overraced fiercely for most of the race yet still managed to run the fastest final 200m (12.57) in the race.   

Her manners have improved in both runs for Chris Waller, and her wins in the Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) and Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) have been outstanding. 

She came from off Aristia’s heels to defeat her by four lengths last start, and although Frankely Awesome took a length off her in the final 200m, Verry Elleegant was wondering around in the straight and would have lifted again if something challenged her. 

If there is a knock on Verry Elleegant, it’s the fact she ran slightly slower than Angel Of Truth in the Tulloch Stakes earlier that day which was run before the track was upgraded to a Heavy 9.

However, Verry Elleegant finished her last 600m two lengths quicker, has plenty of upside and looked to switch off when she had it won. 

Verry Elleegant looks a clear standout in the fillies staying test, but those looking for value could do worse than have something to Place on the Kris Lees-trained Aliferous. 

She clocked some sizzling sectionals when charging home to win the Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) last Saturday, and the quick back-up suits as she’s rock-hard-fit and is trending the right way. 

Her benchmark effort rated 1.3 lengths below Verry Elleegant, and if she can reproduce that rating or go on for it, she’s a great chance to fill a placing. 


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Australian Oaks Tips - No query on distance for Verry Elleegant

Half the battle when trying to find an Oaks winner is anticipating which fillies will run the distance right out, but there are no doubts around Verry Elleegant running the trip in Saturday’s Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick.

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