Waller keen to turn the tables in Ranvet Stakes

There’s an air of confidence from trainer Chris Waller that star mare Verry Elleegant is ready to flip the script in Saturday’s highly anticipated rematch with Addeybb in the Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill.

It will be 12 months this week since the world class duo first went toe-to-toe in the same Group 1 when it was the William Haggas-trained English raider that came out on top.

Verry Elleegant had headed Addeybb in the straight but the Haggas runner fought back under the urging of Tom Marquand to capture the 2000m test.

Addeybb went on to beat Waller’s star again when they next met in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes and has returned to Australia in 2021 to target the same races.

Addeybb edges out Verry Elleegant in the Ranvet Stakes. Photo: AAP Image/Simon BullardSource:AAP

Waller is buoyed by the prospect of the rematch and believes Addeybb can expect to face a different sort of challenge from his multiple Group 1 winner Verry Elleegant this time around.

“She is stronger than she was last year,” Waller said.

“The proof is when they race. There is no indication at home that we can see she is better but she is simply stronger.

“Her form and her winning ability looks to have gone to a new level. She dead set fights.

“It’s not that she hasn’t before – she is remarkable – but I just think she in a fight as she was in the Ranvet last year, we headed him and he fought back.

“I reckon if he goes to try and fight back this year there might be something there.”

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Bookies TAB.com.au give Addeybb the slight market edge at $2 with Verry Elleegant at $2.50 before the final field is declared.

Both Addeybb and Verry Elleegant have proved themselves again as world class campaigners over the past year.

Verry Elleegant added a further three Group 1s in the spring including a memorable victory in the Caulfield Cup before she ran on strongly from the back to finish seventh in the Melbourne Cup.

The daughter of Zed heads into Saturday’s assignment on the back of another Group 1 success in the Chipping Norton Stakes earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Addeybb returned to England to make his mark on the Royal Ascot carnival and was runner up in the Prince Of Wales Stakes behind Lord North.

Addeybb has been preparing for the autumn at Canterbury. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The son of Pivotal returned in the spring to score wins in the Listed Doonside Cup at Ayr in September before saluting in the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot the following month.

“It is great to see him go back to the other side of the world and perform at Group 1 level,” Waller said.

“She has come out and won a Caulfield Cup against horses with good Irish and English form.

“As soon as you see her ratings you can see she deserves to be up there with the best horses.

“She has come back well and you could see last start how tough she is so she is up for a fight.

“I am looking forward to it.”

A competitive list of 15 nominations were revealed for the Ranvet Stakes on Monday morning with acceptances for the meeting to be declared on Wednesday.

Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet is among the contenders to nominate for the race.

Originally published asVerry Elleegant up for the fight with Addeybb

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