Verry Elleegant won Australia’s famous Melbourne Cup horse race ahead of his favorite Incentivize and the Spanish Mission to Great Britain.
The New Zealand mare, ridden by James McDonald, chased the lowest-priced favorite down the home straight to win by four lengths.
It is the first Melbourne Cup victory for coach Chris Waller.
“I love her to pieces. She has been so good to me,” McDonald told local Channel 10 after the race.
“They can safely say that she is now a champion.
“I never thought I’d win one, you know. I always dreamed of winning one, but it’s so hard to win.”
Last year’s winner Twilight Payment, trained in Ireland by Joseph O’Brien, finished 11th after topping the weights.
The Melbourne Cup, known as “the race that stops a nation”, is worth A $ 7.75 million (£ 4.25 million; $ 5.8 million).
It typically draws a crowd of about 100,000, but only 10,000 fully vaccinated race-goers were in attendance this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Immediate reports suggested that all of the runners had made it out of the race unscathed.
More strict foreign broker controls were introduced after six equine deaths associated with running since 2013.
2019 Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck was euthanized after sustaining a broken leg in last year’s race.
Veterinarians had authorized Spanish Mission to apply for Andrew Balding after he was treated for a swelling in one of his legs.