Veyron on target for Captain Cook

Cambridge star galloper Veyron heads south on Friday attempting to maintain his unbeaten record outside the Auckland-Waikato area.

Veyron’s mission is the Group I $200,000 Westbury Stud Captain Cook Stakes, the weight-for-age 1600 metres at Trentham in which he will once again clash with NZ Horse Of The Year, Mufhasa.

Veyron’s only other start outside the northern area was last February when he trekked to Otaki and proved too strong for Lady Kipling and Guiseppina in the Haunui Farm Group One WFA (1600m).

Two starts after that trip to Otaki, Veyron registered his 13th win when taking the Group I Manco Easter Handicap at Ellerslie for the second year on end.

Veyron has been placed in his two starts this campaign, finishing third fresh-up in the Listed Lion Red Plate at Rotorua then a very unlucky second to Zennista in the Group III Stella Artois Tauranga Stakes at Tauranga on November 17.

Veyron slipped badly at the start of the Tauranga race yet still was only beaten a nose by Zennista, who claimed him right on the line.

There was obviously concern for Veyron’s welfare after the race, but trainer Linda Laing says he was very lucky to escape with just minor damage.

“I’m very fortunate to have two chiropractors (father Royce and brother Baz) in the family,” said Laing. “They both checked him all over and fixed him up. He’s very lucky he didn’t pull a muscle behind or spread himself.”

Laing recently shifted into her new stables near the Cambridge training track and she says her horses have all settled in well, particularly Veyron. “He’s been gorging his head off,” she said. “He’s very well.”

Veyron will be ridden as usual on Saturday by Rogan Norvall, who has been his regular jockey in trackwork and is pleased with the buildup to the Captain Cook Stakes.