More Group Wins For Cambridge

Cambridge gallopers dominated the two biggest races in NZ last Saturday.
Veyron again showed his class when winning at Otaki,  while promising first season filly Roll Out The Carpet strolled home at Matamata.
The Linda Laing trained Veyron showed his last start defeat of Mufhasa was no fluke when scoring in the Group One Haunui Farm Classic over 1600m.
Ridden for the first time by local Cambridge jockey Mark Hills, Veyron again proved too good for his rivals.
Although the end result was a comfortable one length victory over another Cambridge runner, Lady Kipling, there was some concern early in the race.
“He was a bit slow to get going in the early stages, but he was soon travelling like a winner” said a jubilant Mark Hills on returning to scale.
Hills had secured the ride as a reward for helping trainer Linda Laing.
“When Rogan Norvall got injured, Mark was there to help every morning at the track and this ride today was recognition of that” explained Laing after the race.   
Norvall was the regular race day rider of Veyron, until side lined by injuries sustained in a fall at the trials.
“You have to feel sorry for Rogan because he’s always believed in this horse, but what a thrill to win another Group One ” said Hills.
Sent out as a near even money favourite, Veyron took his outstanding record to 12 wins from 19 starts, with stake earnings now in excess of $565,000.
Laing has shown wonderful skills in her handling of Veyron throughout his career.
“The scary thing is he’s only just starting to fully mature ……wait to see what he does next year” she said later.
It was the third Group One victory for Veyron and his owners Alistaire and Isobel Barker.
“They have been great supporters of our stable for a long time and they certainly appreciate having a horse like this” said Laing. 
Adding to that enjoyment is that the Barker’s also bred the son of Thorn Park.
Veyron, aka Jethro,  has firmly established himself now as one of the country’s best gallopers.
Roll Out The Carpet gave her rivals no chance when scoring an easy win in the Group Two $100,000 Matamata Breeders Stakes on Saturday.
The race is the richest 2 year old Fillies race in the country and Roll Out The Carpet cleared out from her nearest rival, Liberating, winning by one and a half lengths.
Race favourite Silk Pins was a further two and three quarter lengths behind in third place.
The winning result was a marvellous triumph for father and daughter training partnership of Jeff McVean and Emma Lee Browne.
“All the credit goes to Emma Lee and her husband David. They have done all the work with this filly” explained McVean.
With Matt Cameron aboard, Roll Out The Carpet was soon in a lovely position fourth, one out and one back.
“She’s continued to improve and today I was pretty confident of winning coming to the home turn” said Cameron.
Roll Out The Carpet is raced by her breeders, a group comprising long time NZ Bloodstock employee John Cameron, and Hong Kong based ex pat, Matthew Oram.
“This is a great thrill for all of us” said Oram who was on course to witness the victory.
According to Emma Lee Browne, Roll Out The Carpet will be aimed at the upcoming Group One juvenile races.
“We’ll see how she comes through this race, but those races are obvious targets” she said.
Finally, an amusing little story about Matthew Oram, part owner of Roll Out The Carpet.
Many years ago, Oram visited his mother in, I think from memory,  Waihi, before heading back to Hong Kong.
He had arranged for the local taxi driver to pick him up to deliver him to Auckland Airport in time for his flight. 
Anyway, the pair chatted away as they made their way to the airport.
It wasn’t until they were nearly there, that Oram realised he’d left his wallet at his mother’s place in Waihi.
“I had to explain to the driver, I had no cash on me and he just had to trust me that on my return to Hong Kong I would reimburse him” recalled Oram.
No prizes to guess what the taxi driver thought!
For your information, Oram did deliver on his word, and the taxi driver got his full fare, plus a sizeable “thank you”.
Catch you next week!