Veyron coming home

Veyron will return home without a further run in Sydney following soreness which ruled him out of his main mission, last Saturday’s Gr.1 $A2 million Doncaster Handicap at Randwick.

Trainer Linda Laing was thrilled with Veyron’s progress leading up to the feature, but was forced to withdraw the multiple Group One winner on racemorning.

“He was really lame on Saturday morning. He couldn’t put his foot on the ground,” said Laing. “He stood on something and it’s bruised his foot.”

To ensure there was no serious damage, Veyron underwent x-rays on the nearside hoof this morning. “I was worried there might be a bit of pedal-bone damage, but it’s only badly bruised,” said Laing.

Veyron had been nominated for the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on Saturday in case he recovered quickly.

“I had hoped there might have been a pocket of gunk that could be opened up and he could be all right to gallop on Wednesday,” said Laing. “If that was the case he could still have got to the Queen Elizabeth. But he’s not going to be right so I’ve pulled him out of the race.”

Missing the Doncaster Handicap is a big disappointment to Veyron’s connections.

“He worked huge last Tuesday and he looks a million dollars,” said Laing. “He’s so well in himself. It’s a shame he missed the Doncaster, but his health is paramount.”

Laing has ruled out any thoughts of heading to Brisbane with Veyron. “He’ll come home next Monday and go out for a spell,” she said.