Veyron on track for fourth Group One

Cambridge trainer Linda Laing believes her stable star is better prepared for Saturday’s $200,000 Lindauer NZ Stakes at Ellerslie than he was when runner-up in his other middle-distance attempt at weight-for-age.

Veyron was outgunned by Shez Sinsational in the Group I Zabeel Classic on Boxing Day when finishing a length and a half in arrears.

But since that defeat Veyron has won both his other Group One attempts an he has done it in style. He defeated Mufhasa at Te Rapa in the Waikato Draught Sprint, then proved too strong for his opposition in the Haunui Farm Group One WFA at Otaki.

The first of leg of the Group One double was over 1400 and the Otaki race over 1600. On Saturday he steps up to 2000 metres and judging by his recent performances he looks poised to grab his first win over ground.

“He’s done more mileage going into this than he did before the Zabeel,” said Laing. “He’s definitely better prepared for it.”

Saturday’s race wasn’t in the original plans for Veyron, but Laing opted for the race after he came through his Otaki win in such good shape.

“He had done so well he needed to go somewhere,” said Laing. “But I’m not sure where to go after this one. We’ll just wait and see what happens on Saturday.”

Veyron was ridden for the first time by Cambridge jockey Mark Hills at Otaki and the same partnership will be in action on Saturday.

Veyron heads a list of four Cambridge horses entered for the Lindauer NZ Stakes. The others from the
centre are Doctor Freemantle, who was third in the Zabeel Classic, the ultra-consistent Lady Kipling and the top stayer Showcause.