October 20, 2020 5:08 pm.
Caulfield Cup-winning jockey Mark Zahra has retained the mount on Verry Elleegant within the Melbourne Cup with James McDonald to trip stablemate Finche.
McDonald has been the Chris Waller-trained mare’s common accomplice in Sydney however unable to journey freely as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, he has missed her previous two begins in Victoria.
Mark Zahra picked up the prized mount and made the many of the alternative, guiding Verry Elleegant to successive Group One wins within the Turnbull Stakes and Caulfield Cup.
With journey restrictions not too long ago easing, McDonald is heading to Melbourne for the rest of the spring, forcing Verry Elleegant’s connections to make a troublesome selection about her Melbourne Cup jockey.
“James McDonald has performed a whole lot of work on this glorious mare and can rejoin her when she returns to Sydney for her autumn marketing campaign,” Waller’s steady consultant, Charlie Duckworth mentioned.
“It was not a choice we took frivolously however we felt it might be mistaken to interrupt up the partnership that Mark and Verry Elleegant have created profitable each the Turnbull Stakes and the Caulfield Cup.”
The Waller-trained Finche completed fifth within the Caulfield Cup and the steady mentioned he had come via the race in good order and would additionally press on to Australia’s most well-known race.
The son of champion Frankel completed fourth to Cross Counter within the 2018 Melbourne Cup and seventh to Vow And Declare final yr.
“He’s a real likelihood once more this yr in his third try on the time-honoured race and we’re delighted to be represented by him once more,” Duckworth mentioned.
Duckworth confirmed Toffee Tongue would miss the Melbourne Cup after ending down the observe behind Verry Elleegant at Caulfield on Saturday.