The Caulfield Cup winner and star of the spring Verry Elleegant was pulled from the All Star Mile cast on Thursday with the Waller team stating the star mare would stay in Sydney and compete for prize money in her home state.
Verry Elleegant had been third in voting behind Grant and Alana Williams trained Arcadia Queen and David Jolly trained Behemoth.
With the scoreboard set to blackout on Friday is the excitement of the voting already over though?
Waller’s withdrawal means that there is an instant reprieve for Tasmanian Still A Star who now moves into the driving seat stepping up to 10th and into the starting line up with 4,300 votes.
Hot on the heels are Kris Lees trained Mugatoo in 11th with nearly 3,000 votes and Ole Kirk for Team Hawkes back in 12th with 2,700. With the 9,500 Verry Ellegant voters told they can recast their ballots could we see a late surge in support for an outsider?
The top ten placegetters will gain automatic entry to the $5m race next month and with the likes of Ole Kirk and Mugatoo moving from $20 plus to $15 in betting are punters getting ready to push their runners into contention.
Sydney’s Apollo Stakes will see Verry Ellegants next outing as she takes on a field of 9 on Saturday. A route familiar with Winx fans Waller will no doubt have one eye on the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and potentially the Chipping Norton for the Spring Superstar.
Verry Elleegant is currently $3.40 for this weekend's Group 2 Apollo Stakes.