Elegant Verse (GB)
b f Galileo - Special Duty (Hennessy)
Originally trained by John and Thady Gosden, Elegant Verse broke her maiden on her second run in May of her three-year-old year. She ran twice in Listed company over the summer, placing fifth on both occasions, before being transferred to France and the stable of Henri-François Devin.
In her first run across the channel she landed the Listed Prix Dirickx at Craon, quickening into the lead going in to the home straight. She ran on strongly to the line holding the runner-up by a head.
Elegant Verse is out of European Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Special Duty who won the Gr.1 Cheveley Park Stakes and Gr.2 Prix Robert Papin as a juvenile before going on to do the Classic Double in the Gr.1 1000 Guineas and Gr.1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches as a three-year-old. Special Duty is a half-sister to the dam of Gr.1 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Expert Eye. She had already produced a stakes performer in South Bank but Elegant Verse is her first blacktype winner.