Veyron on target for big Otaki clash

Cambridge trainer Linda Laing used today’s local trials to help prime stable star Veyron in his bid to defend his Haunui Farm Group One WFA crown at Otaki on Saturday.

Veyron hasn’t raced since his impressive win in the Group I Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day and Laing was keen to get some more work into him before his clash with Ocean Park and Final Touch this weekend.

She gave Veyron an exhibition gallop and with regular rider Rogan Norvall in the saddle the seven-year-old stretched out nicely over 1200 metres, running his last 800 metres in 48 and final 600 in 34.

“He lost both back plates, but he pulled up well,” said Laing. “He needed it. He was just too fresh. He had two weeks off after the Zabeel Classic, then missed another week’s work when he stood on a shoe when working on the plough.”

Veyron suffered a cut foot, but the injury has healed and he has pleased Laing with his recent work.

“He’s behind a bit on race fitness, but he has got a very good fresh-up record,” said Laing. “I’m happy with him.”

Last year Veyron had won the Group I Waikato Draught Sprint at Te Rapa going into the Otaki feature so was race fitter.

Laing will be chasing two black type events on Saturday as the two-year-old Perfectly Roy will contest the Listed Reid & Harrison Slipper at Matamata.

“He’s more a Derby type than a two-year-old,” said Laing. “He’s still a big kid, but that was a good run last time.”

Perfectly Roy fought on strongly for second at Te Rapa behind A’larose, a candidate for the Group II J. Swap Matamata Breeders’ Stakes on Saturday.