Veyron resuming at Ruakaka

Veyron promises to be a drawcard at Ruakaka on Saturday when he resumes in the open 1400-metre sprint.

Trainer Linda Laing will use the event to determine the next steps for her stable star, though she has already decided on the number one New Zealand goal in the next season.

“The Zabeel Classic, the Group One at Ellerslie, will again be his number one aim,” said Laing, referring to the weight-for-age feature he won earlier this season.

“Going back to Aussie is an option, but I’ll just see what happens on Saturday and see where he is at.”

Veyron hasn’t raced since the Sydney Autumn Carnival in which he was scratched on the racemorning of his main mission, the $A2 million Doncaster Handicap through lameness in a foreleg.

“He’s pretty well and he worked well this morning,” said Laing. “He’s big in condition — about 40kg above his peak weight, but I’m happy with him.”

Laing hasn’t entertained the idea of using a trial as a launching pad to another campaign. “The tracks are too heavy,” she said. “I know he’s going to carry a lot of weight on Saturday, but that doesn’t concern me. Claiming wasn’t an option.”

Regular rider Rogan Norvall will again be in the saddle on Saturday. Norvall has been riding him in recent trackwork, though he did have to step aside for a while after the bruising he suffered when his mount, Buckles, fell when putting a foot in a hole during a race at Ellerslie.

“He (Norvall) galloped him last Tuesday and Saturday and again this morning,” said Laing. “He’s happy.”

Laing has already dismissed any thoughts of Veyron competing at the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival.