Last ditch Sydney plan dismissed

Trainer Linda Laing has called off a bid by Veyron to have a second start in Sydney.

Veyron missed the Gr.1 $A2 million Doncaster Handicap at Randwick because of a badly bruised sole and was scheduled to return to New Zealand last Monday, but there was a change of plans.

“His foot improved and he is just too well. He needs to do something,” said Laing. “He looks a million dollars and the owners were keen to give him another run here in Sydney before he comes home so we put him in at Hawkesbury on Saturday.”

Veyron was nominated for the Listed $A150,000 XXXX Gold Hawkesbury Rowley Mile and even though weighted at 63kg it was a serious consideration, but a start depended on a track gallop at Warwick Farm this morning.

“He galloped brilliantly, but he pulled up slightly sore,” said Laing. “It’s only minor, but his welfare comes first. I don’t want to take any risks with him. He’s booked to go home next Tuesday.”

Laing admits it’s a blow not being able to showcase Veyron’s true talent in Australia, but she has been in racing long enough to take the lows with the highs.

“It’s a shame how it’s all worked out, but that’s what can happen when you’re dealing with horses,” she said. “He can go home and have a good spell and maybe we can get back here to Aussie in the spring.”

Veyron’s sole Australian start was in the Gr.1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill when finishing eighth, less than two lengths behind Pierro. And that was after missing the start by a few lengths.

Regular rider Rogan Norvall has been with Veyron throughout his time in Sydney and is scheduled to return to New Zealand next Monday.