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Verry Elleegant to headline Chris Waller’s Apollo Stakes assault

Group 1 gun Verry Elleegant will headline a list of Chris Waller stars in Saturday’s Group 2 Apollo Stakes at Randwick.

Super mare Verry Elleegant is set to headline a five-strong Chris Waller hand in next Saturday’s Group 2 Apollo Stakes at Randwick with the leading trainer likely to keep his stable gun in Sydney throughout the autumn.

Verry Elleegant was one of four Waller stars to step out for an exhibition gallop at Randwick on Inglis Millennium day with the daughter of Zed working alongside Toffee Tongue.

The pair worked over 800m with Verry Elleegant edging out her stablemate in the concluding stages to help top off her preparation for next Saturday’s Randwick return.

Both horses will line up in the Apollo Stakes alongside Funstar, Star Of The Seas and Kolding.

“Both horses have had a good preparation and Saturday was just about bringing them to the races to make sure they don’t sweat up next Saturday,” Waller said.

“I don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves (with their preparations) but it will be pretty normal what we do with our horses.

“There is a nice progression here in Sydney but there are options in Melbourne if we need them.

“Of course if they are first, second or third favourites in some of the bigger races we will look at the Australian Cup and All Star Mile.

“First we will get Saturday out of the way though.”

Verry Elleegant is a $8 equal favourite for the Australian Cup on March 6 while Toffee Tongue is $26.

Verry Elleegant is also third in voting for the All-Star Mile with a week left in the voting process and the mare is rated a $26 chance with to win the race.

Both races remain on Waller’s radar however it’s more likely he will keep Verry Elleegant in Sydney to progress through races like the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes and Ranvet Stakes en route to another Queen Elizabeth Stakes tilt.

“We won’t say no because it is such a big race in terms of prizemoney and she is such an adaptable horse because she is a Group 1 winner in the past 6 months over 1400m,” Waller said.

“She is such an amazing horse so I said to the owners lets get her first run out of the way but it is likely she will follow the same sort of path as last year.”

Funstar and Hungry Heart also worked together at Randwick on Saturday over 800m and hit the line locked together.

Waller was similarly content with both and will set Hungry Heart on a three-year-old fillies path through the autumn.

Hungry Heart will return in Saturday’s Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes.

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