Verry Elleegant, the New Zealand-bred mare who became a bona fide superstar of the Australian turf, has died in Ireland.

One of racing’s great rags-to-riches stories as a daughter of unheralded Kiwi sire Zed, Verry Elleegant died while giving birth to a foal by champion Irish stallion Sea The Stars.

Verry Elleegant was residing at Norelands, a famous stud farm in the county of Kilkenny.

Her foal could not be saved in a double blow to the mare’s Australian connections.

“I was looking forward to this foal, the generations ahead and the legacy you get from breeding with a champion,” part-owner Brae Sokolski told SEN.

“Unfortunately that is all lost and now all we have is memories.”

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