Veyron Scores Again

Group One winner Veyron returned to winning form at Ellerslie last Saturday.

Last season’s Easter Handicap winner, scored a brilliant win at his favourite track, in the Group Three Eagle Technology Stakes, over 1600m.

Ridden as usual by Rogan Norvall, Veyron gave weight and a beating to his talented opposition.

The field included three other Group One winners, Sir Slick, Pasta Post and Vonusti yet Veyron was the clear top weight, carrying 58kgs.

“The weight was a concern but in the end he was too good” said Norvall afterwards.

And that probably summed up Veyron’s winning performance, he was simply too good.

Breaking quickly from the gates as per usual, Veyron was soon beautifully placed one out and one back, in fourth spot.

“He got a little keen but that was understandable when they eased the pace midrace” said Norvall.

Soon after straightening, Norvall sent Veyron alongside of leaders and, eventual placegetters, Sadist and Floria.

“He was cruising but I was mindful of not going too soon, especially under his weight” said Norvall.

At the post, Veyron held the advantage by a half length over Sadist and Floria, with another local Vonusti in fourth spot.

“He really had to knuckle down to maintain his advantage but in the end he was too tough” said Norvall.

Veyron gave Norvall his first Group One win in his career when winning the Easter Handicap, and he is looking forward to the rest of the season.

“He’s bigger and stronger and just loves Ellerslie……and so do I” said the popular hoop.     

The fact that the first four home were the the first four into the straight showed how the race was dominated by the leaders.

That made the effort of Shez Sinsational to finish fifth a meritorious one.

“The leaders were able to get away with murder so for her to get so close was a great effort” said rider James McDonald.

“She will win a big race this season” predicted McDonald.     

Veyron’s trainer Linda Laing was obviously delighted to see her stable star back in winning form.

“I was happy enough with his fresh up fourth at Te Rapa but there is no doubt he’s a better horse this way around” said Laing.

Raced by his breeders Alistaire and Isobel Barker, Veyron was recording his ninth win from just 15 starts.

His stake earnings now stand at $270,000 with the promise of much more to come.

“He holds nominations for both the Railway and Telegraph Handicaps” said Laing later.

That is the conundrum for Veyron’s connections, where do they go to now?

The talented galloper has quickly risen to the top of the handicaps and will forever be burdened with weight.

Invariably, the major handicap races are won by horses well placed in the weights, horses on their “way up”.

I’ve lost count how many top horses I’ve seen trying their hearts out in some of our big handicap races, only to come up short.

Personally, if Veyron was mine, I’d keep him to Weight for Age racing or get him to Australia asap.

If he was to stay in New Zealand, Veyron would be much better suited to WFA racing.

His racing style, and breeding would suit these races too.

One of his greatest attributes is the ability to jump and easily put himself in the race.

His grand dam Limitless won a Brisbane Cup over 3200m, so you would imagine 2000m wouldn’t be beyond his capabilities. 

As always, it’s much easier to make those decisions from the outside looking in.

But, gee I’d love to have a horse good enough to be in that situation!


I’ll catch you next week.