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Graffard hits out after Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant misses out on Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

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Star Australian mare Verry Elleegant will miss Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after an embarrassing episode for French racing which has left her trainer Francis-Henri Graffard fuming.

The 2021 Melbourne Cup winner had been shipped to Europe with the sole intention of an ambitious shot at the €5million (£4.5m) race.

But with the seven-year-old looking like she would miss out on one of the berths in the 20-runner field, Graffard took the decision to run her instead in Saturday’s Prix de Royallieu on day one of the two-day Arc meeting at Longchamp.

Star Australian mare Verry Elleegant will miss Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe French rules do not allow horses to be entered in two races and Graffard feared he might be left high and dry if he gambled on drop-outs creating an unexpected opportunity in the Arc.

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