Veyron set for Sydney mission

Cambridge trainer Linda Laing is hoping it won’t be just her and Veyron returning to New Zealand next week. She’d also like to be bringing the Epsom Handicap trophy home with her.

It’s D-Day for Veyron tomorrow in Sydney when he tackles his main mission, the Gr. 1 $A500,000 Epsom Handicap at Randwick and Laing says she couldn’t have the big chestnut in better order for the race of his life.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had him better,” she said. “He’s thriving over here. He’s put on eight kilos since the George Main.

“Christian (Reith) came and worked him last Tuesday morning and he was happy. He knows the horse now and I’ll just be telling him to wait a bit longer before he goes on him this time. You’ve just got to sit and wait. He’s not the only one who has been caught out by him and gone too soon.”

Reith has ridden Veyron in two of his three Sydney starts, beginning with a fresh-up win in the Warwick Stakes at Warwick Farm. He was back in the saddle again when Veyron finished third behind Streama and Royal Descent in the George Main Stakes a fortnight ago.

Veyron drew the outside in the George Main Stakes and has drawn two in tomorrow’s assignment, but Laing would rather see him drawn further out.

“It would be a good draw for any other horse but not him,” said Laing. “If he’d drawn something like 10 it would have been ideal.”

Laing’s concern is over Veyron’s habit of missing the start slightly on occasions, as was the case when ninth in the Chelmsford Stakes second-up. That day he began from barrier three and struck trouble throughout the race.

“He also missed it a bit in the George Main last time but it wasn’t so bad for him because he drew the outside,” said Laing.