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Verry Elleegant trainer Chris Waller choked up in wake of first Melbourne Cup win

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Verry Elleegant has won the 2021 Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse, taking home the $4.4 million first place prize.

Congratulations to jockey James McDonald and trainer Chris Waller on their first Melbourne Cup victory, and Verry Elleegant’s owners.

Incentivise and Spanish Mission placed second and third respectively.

Mr Waller joined Jim Wilson in the hours following the race, tearful in his reflections.

“What we’ve been through as a country for the last 18 months has been tough, so well done Australia and New Zealand.

“We’ve done it. We’ve come through it, and what better way Jim, than celebrating it with a horse race?”

Press PLAY below to hear his post-win interview

Daily Telegraph racing editor Ray Thomas told Jim Wilson the mare has well and truly put debate over her credentials as a champion to bed.

“And to think … on Saturday afternoon Chris Waller was agonising over whether to run Verry Elleegant today!”

Press PLAY below to hear the full Melbourne Cup recap

Cup Day has made several winners of the 2GB Drive team, including Jim’s mother Mary-Lou who surprised her son by revealing her successful tip via the open line.

“That wasn’t on the back of your son’s advice,” Jim laughed.

Press PLAY below to hear her call

Drive producer Emelie’s sister Candice also took home a tidy sum, winning the trifecta!

“I only put three dollars on, so I got back 360 bucks! Not bad.”

Press PLAY below to hear how she and James Bracey’s wife Margot are celebrating

 

Image: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

 

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