Former New Zealand galloper Verry Elleegant has been withdrawn from the Gr.1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday after she was found to have an elevated temperature on Friday morning.
The three-year-old Zed filly recently transferred to the stable of Chris Waller who has elected to take a cautious approach with his filly.
“Unfortunately, Verry Elleegant has been withdrawn from the Australian Guineas due to a mildly elevated temperature which was recorded early this (Friday) morning during routine checks,” Waller said.
“Whilst it is only very minor, we can’t take any risks and therefore the decision was made to immediately scratch her and treat her accordingly. This was done to ensure she recovers and can continue on with a racing preparation.
“We are hoping she will recover from this quickly and hope to have her back racing in two weeks’ time.”
Verry Elleegant initially raced in New Zealand where she won two of her three races for owner-trainer Nick Bishara before transferring to Darren Weir’s Victorian barn where she won the Gr.3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m).
She was subsequently transferred to Waller’s barn last month and produced an immediate result for her new trainer, finishing runner-up in the Gr.3 The Vanity (1400m) at Flemington.