Melbourne Cup: Verry Elleegant claims victory

, Melbourne Cup: Verry Elleegant claims victory, The Evepost BBC News

, Melbourne Cup: Verry Elleegant claims victory, The Evepost BBC News

Verry Elleegant has won Australia’s famous Melbourne Cup horse race ahead of favourite Incentivise and Britain’s Spanish Mission.

The mare – ridden by James McDonald – chased down the short-priced favourite in the home straight to win by four lengths.

It is the first Melbourne Cup victory for trainer Chris Waller.

, Melbourne Cup: Verry Elleegant claims victory, The Evepost BBC News

“I love her to bits. She’s been so good to me,” McDonald told local network Channel 10 after the race.

“They can safely say she’s a champion now.”

The Melbourne Cup, known as “the race that stops a nation”, usually attracts a crowd of about 100,000 but only 10,000 fully vaccinated racegoers were present this year because of Covid-19 restrictions.