Setback delays return for Veyron

Cambridge’s Group One hero Veyron won’t be seen back on the racetrack until early November.

Trainer Linda Laing has confirmed the horse will miss all three days of the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival. “He had a bit of a setback and I had to back off him for 10 days,” said Laing. “It’s nothing serious and I’m happy with him now, but he’s not going to Hawkes Bay.”

Last year Veyron began his campaign with a fourth in the Listed Timpson Family Trust Sprint at Te Rapa and Laing says it is most likely she will again follow the same early path with the son of Thorn Park. The Te Rapa sprint is on November 10 and afterwards he is likely to head to Ellerslie for the Group III Eagle Technology Stakes, the event in which he scored a comfortable win last year.

Veyron had eight starts last campaign for five wins, two seconds and the first-up fourth. His last five starts were all at Group One level and resulted in wins in the Waikato Draught Sprint, Haunui Farm Otaki WFA, and Manco Easter Handicap and seconds in the Zabeel Classic and Lindauer NZ Stakes.

Regular rider Rogan Norvall was back from injury to end Veyron’s last campaign on a high note with a hugely popular win in the Easter Handicap, the same event which a year earlier had marked horse and rider’s first Group One success.

Norvall has again been regularly riding Veyron in trackwork since the horse came back into work on June 1 and he is very happy with the superstar. “He feels much stronger and looks great,” said Norvall.

Laing says Veyron has put on 68kg since last racing and she plans to continue her patient policy with the stable star, whose future will eventually lay in tackling Australian features.

“It’s not certain he’ll get to Aussie this spring — we might wait until the autumn with him,” said Laing. “We’ll just take it one race at a time.”