Veyron returning for well-earned rest

Cambridge trainer Linda Laing believes Christian Reith hit the nail on the head with the first of his two reasons for Veyron’s failure in the Gr. 1 $A500,000 The Star Epsom Handicap at Randwick last Saturday.

Veyron tailed a field home for the first time in his 33-start career, dropping out to four and three-quarter lengths behind the winner, Boban. However, it must be said Reith did ease up on him over the final stages when he was beaten and only a half-length covered the last four horses.

“Christian said he had either come to the end of his campaign or he was looking for more ground,” said Laing. “I think he’s just felt the hard racing.

“Even though he looked the best I’ve ever seen him before the race, he’s had four races in seven weeks and it has just bottomed him.”

But Veyron was showing no signs of tiredness after the race. “He ate all his feed on Saturday night and he was bright when I took him for a walk (yesterday),” said Laing.

Though the Sydney campaign didn’t end on a high note, Veyron did manage to pick up a Group Two win (Warwick Stakes) and a Group One placing (third in the George Main Stakes) in his four starts, earning $A141,700.

Veyron is scheduled to be flown back to New Zealand on Wednesday evening and will be given a well-earned rest before a new programme is decided upon.