Chris Waller has ended the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe dream for Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant, instead they are deciding to enter a different Australian spring campaign amd maybe eve head to Europe.
"Whilst running her in the Arc would be a dream come true for all of us, we just felt that it would come around too soon to enable her to have a proper spell and be fully prepared in Australia for this assignment," Waller said in a statement.
"However, a trip to Europe later in the spring is still strongly on the cards providing she returns to the form she showed in the spring when dominating the Melbourne Cup."
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In more positive news, the Melbourne Cup will make it easier for Europe's top trainers to come to Australia by announcing international contenders for the spring carnival will no longer be subject to the mandatory scintigraphy scan.
Racing Victoria introduced this mandatory pre-travel scintigraphy scanning in advance of the 2021 Melbourne Cup as part of changes designed to protect the future of Australia's signature horserace by making it safer for all involved.
This change should make the field more competitive and have the best of the best for this event.
The Melbourne Cup made its debut in 1861. In those early days, there were two rival racing clubs, the Victoria Turf Club and the Victoria Jockey Club. With the two at loggerheads, management of the course and the Cup suffered, the track was sabotaged, and both clubs went into debt. So they merged in 1864 to form the Victoria Racing Club, the governing body of Flemington today. The next year, the Club was pleased to have Melbourne Cup Day declared a half-day holiday.
The 2022 race is being held on its traditional first Tuesday of November which will be the first day of the month on the state holiday.