Norvall cleared for Sydney

Sydney jockey Christian Reith will get some added confidence into the chances of Cambridge galloper Veyron in the Gr.2 $A175,000 Warwick Stakes at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

Reith will get his first feel of Veyron when riding the multiple Group One winner in trackwork tomorrow morning and he will also be given further insight into the horse from regular rider Rogan Norvall.

A delay in getting his via approved resulted in Norvall having to be replaced by Reith for Veyron’s first run of the new season, but the Cambridge jockey this morning got the news he had been waiting weeks to receive.

“I’ve got a six-week visa and now I’m looking to get a flight to Sydney tomorrow,” Norvall told The Informant.

It will be hard for Norvall watching from the sideline as his favourite horse competes in the Warwick Stakes, but at least he knows he will be back in the saddle when Veyron starts next, possibly in the Gr.2 $A175,000 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on September 7.

Veyron was flown to Sydney last Monday evening in the care of his trainer, Linda Laing, who says he handled the trip well.

Because of Norvall’s delay in getting to Sydney, Laing rode Veyron in light work yesterday morning, but Norvall will take over the trackwork duties after Reith puts the horse through a gallop tomorrow.

“I could have got someone else to ride him, but I chose to do it myself,” said Laing. “He’s feeling great. That gallop last Saturday at Te Rapa has him spot on.

“He’s ready to give some cheek on Saturday and it would be nice to get the money first-up, but it’s a tough field. I just hope he gets a good draw. Rain Affair goes forward so hopefully he can tack onto the back of him.”