Former New Zealand-trained filly Verry Elleegant resumed with an eye catching second behind Amphitrite in the Gr.3 the Tab Vanity (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday for new trainer Chris Waller and impressed rider James McDonald.
“Gee she’s very strong, if she did everything right with her manners, she could be a serious horse,” McDonald said.
The daughter of Zed won two of her three New Zealand starts for trainer Nick Bishara and went on to win the Gr.3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m) and was placed in the Gr.2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) for recently disqualified trainer Darren Weir.
Verry Elleegant went back to the rear of the field before tracking the eventual winner Amphitrite in the run.
The Kiwi three-year-old appreciated the good tempo and did not over-race as fiercely as she had done previously.
Waller suggested a race like the Gr.1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 30 might be an ideal long-range target.