Laing uses trial to ready Duey for feature

Cambridge trainer Linda Laing got the result she was looking for when lining Duey up at her local trials meeting last Tuesday.

Duey contested a two-year-old catchweight 800-metre heat and in the hands of Lynsey Satherley she won as expected, scoring by a half-length without being pressured.

“She was just too fresh and in a jumpout she doesn’t do enough,” said Laing. “She needed to have that trial to take the freshness out of her.

“She jumped out and led all the way and has pulled up well. It’s just what she needed.”

Duey will trek to New Plymouth for the Gr. 3 $75,000 Phoenix Park 2YO Classic (1200m) on Saturday in a bid to record her second win. As has been the case in each of her four starts, she will be ridden by Rogan Norvall.

A daughter of Guillotine, Duey raced very greenly on debut at Ellerslie on October 26 but ran on strongly for second to Dragon Lair then hung in her next start before recording an impressive finish to win at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

She was backed up five days later and finished eighth to Vinnie Eagle in the Gr. 3 Barneswood Farm Eclipse Stakes and was freshened afterwards.

“She had a few days off,” said Laing. “You’ve got to watch her because she can get way above herself if she has too long off.”

Laing’s stable star Veyron has been off the scene since being unplaced in the Gr. 1 Epsom Handicap at Randwick last October.

“He’s had a good break and I’ve just started walking him now,” said Laing. “He looks good and we’ll just take him along quietly.”

Veyron did record a win in the Gr. 2 Warwick Stakes and a third in the Gr. 1 George Main Stakes during his four Sydney starts.