In her own right, the remarkable star of the modern turf – her 4 L. win takes out the 2021 Melbourne Cup.

These are great racing days to remember. It was sooooo good, so genuine, so very courageous n’ bold: princess to Queen (1400m – 3200m)

  • @pedigree V.E. tribute – @ geno-factors – aka 3×3 Danehill, 4×4 sire Cotehele House he the son of the legendary producer Eight Carat female family below.

(in-set credit – pedigreequery.com)

Eight Carat’s principle progenitors of all – Man O’ War male line, 2x Nearco, Djebel, plus the Hurry On line via Precipitation and Niccolo Dellarca from Nogara, noting the dam of Nearco.

Verry Elleegant with 23 strains Nogara and principal is not Nearco, for 35 strains Gainsborough (sire of Hyperion, Solario, Mah Mahal, Bobsleigh, Naic, Artists Proof).

  • It re-sorts to pro-genitor Zabeel, grand sire of V.E.
  • Imposing (AUS) by Todman – sire and male line of Hyperion & Imposing’s 2nd dam by Landau (IRE) from a Hyperion daughter Sun Chariot

Note Dominance is detail: ……Spy Song (USA) , (Balladier/Mata Hara USA) to distaff King’ Theatre IRE) where Spy Song 3×3 Peter Pan/Command/Domino with 3dx4d Hastings, grandsire Man O’ War. (refer Sir Ivor distaff 3rd dam MOW.

  • further 5th dam by Questionnaire (USA) by Sting a crest to female family 2H with 3×4 Domino. the exclusive trait f.f. 2h is also to Danehill/Danzig aka female producers Alamahoud, Natalma = 9 strains Carbine f.f. 2h. (Plus that genotype of another in similar vein, Northern Dancer, to V.E ped, 4×4.

Examine 30 strains collective across the 9c female-family representative to Cotehele House from Eight Carat, Nasrullah, Fair Trial, Royal Charger, Mahmoud.

Of fate n’ destiny, the sire Zed, a son of Zabeel is but a story rich of NZ’s farm culture.

Zed – purchased for $400k as yearling took a damaging kick when loading onwards to Australia and his career was to remain in New Zealand under the hands of Murray Baker, whom also had trained Zed’s dam Emerald Dream.

Zed (under Baker) had 4 starts for 1 win and went duly retired with a ligament strain.

As new sire @ Little Avondale Stud for fee of $500 2 exciting gallopers broke rank – Survived and Usainity, a G3, 3yo winner at Randwick. Zed unfortunately was also a producer of late-maturing progeny and there was the problem.

He left Little Avondale for stallion duty onwards to a South Canterbury farm, Erewhon Station, there to be bred with Clydesdales, & draft horses yet he further maintained his impact as ‘breeder’. (See photo here. )

It was Stud-master Mark Corcorcan of Grangewilliam Stud (Wanganui) whom saw onwards potential, versatility and Zed’s siring ability was to prove him right.

Zed Em’ – steeple chaser and winner at Sth Australia Oakbank 33 starts, 12 wins.

Irish Flame – 2020 Ballarat Cup winner

Jimmy Mac – NZ Cup winner (3200m)

Rubusto – 2021 Avondale Cup (NZ-G2,2400m,Ellerslie) & 2020 Metropolitan Trophy (NZ-L,2500m,Riccarton)

Further progeny results & stats view here

Yes, Zed’s siring triumph, to his daughter Verry Elleegant a Melbourne Cup winner, a Caulfield Cup winner, a Oaks winner et al, 10 Group 1’s…and below👇 way-back-then the 2yo starlet on debut, at Avondale trials (June 2018), running 2nd of 7.