Early comeback for Veyron

A change of plans will see Veyron resume in the Listed $50,000 Lion Red Plate at Rotorua on Saturday.

Originally trainer Linda Laing was looking to follow the same path as last year with her stable star, kicking off in the Listed Timpson Family Trust Sprint at Te Rapa next month. But when the Rotorua sprint acceptances were left open because of light entries, she decided to switch plans and run Veyron in the weight-for-age 1200-metre event.

“He was going to the Waipa trials on Friday or the Cambridge trials at the end of the month, but when they (NZTR) left the Rotorua noms open I put in a late entry,” said Laing. “He might as well go around for some money rather than for nothing at the trials.”

Veyron is suited by the weight-for-age conditions of the Lion Red Plate and gets into the race with 58.5kg, less than he would be required to carry in a handicap such as the Timpson Family Trust Sprint.

Veyron hasn’t raced since winning the Group I Manco Easter Handicap for the second year in succession on April 14, but he has had a steady buildup.

“He’s been in work for five months and apart from the bit of time he had off with a pulled muscle he’s done plenty of work,” said Laing. “I’ve got to do something with him because he’s getting a bit smart.”

Veyron was fourth in last year’s Timpson Family Trust Sprint and Laing is expecting a similar run on Saturday. “If he runs a nice third I’ll be rapt,” said Laing. “He’s very well, but there’s some good ones in there who have had racing, like Fritzy Boy, Aspinal and Antonio Lombardo.”

Because Veyron is tackling the Rotorua sprint, he will miss the Te Rapa event. Instead he’ll possibly have his second-up run in the Group III Stella Artois Tauranga Stakes (wfa 1600m) at Tauranga on November 17.

“The timing works out well,” said Laing. “He can run at Tauranga then go to Trentham for the Captain Cook Stakes.”