No Captain Cook for Veyron

Cambridge trainer Linda Laing has already ruled out the Group I Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham next month for her stable star Veyron.

Veyron credited Laing with her biggest training success on her own account when he raced away with the Group I Land Pride Easter Handicap at Ellerslie last April with regular rider Rogan Norvall in the saddle.

She immediately put Veyron aside for a spell after the memorable win and will have him back in raceday action at Te Rapa on Saturday in the Listed $45,000 Timpson Family Trust Sprint (1200m).

Asked what her main missions with Veyron this season will be, Laing was quick to reply “win another Group One.”

The Captain Cook Stakes, a weight-for-age 1600 metres on December 3, is the first suitable race to come up for Veyron, but Laing has already discounted the event. “He won’t be going to the Captain Cook,” said Laing. “It’s coming up too quickly. I’ve got other ones in mind, but I’ll just see how he comes up.”

Laing has been patient with Veyron and she will again display that quality this season. “He may not have many runs this season,” she said. “I’ll set him for some big tasks and hope he measures up.”

Those assignments will be in New Zealand and not Australia. “He’s not ready to go to Australia yet — maybe next year,” said Laing. “He still does the odd bit wrong and he hasn’t had the trips away.”

Laing has given Veyron a trial and an exhibition gallop between races at Te Rapa on Labour Day as a leadup to his return to racing this weekend. “He’s all ready to go,” said Laing.

Norvall will continue his association with Veyron on Saturday. The under-rated rider has ridden the Thorn Park six-year-old in all bar the first of his 13 starts, which have yielded eight wins and three placings.