Veyron turnaround in Zabeel Classic

Powerful chestnut Veyron took advantage of a pedestrian paced Zabeel Classic (2000m) to claim his fifth Group 1 victory at Ellerslie on Wednesday.

Jockey Rogan Norvall was allowed to dictate terms until cutting loose in the straight to score an unchallenged two length win.  “Rogan hardly gets a decent ride and that was a magical one,” trainer Linda Laing said.  “We planned it and Rogan knows the horse inside out – I said to him hold him up and he did just that.”

Veyron (7g Thorn Park – Over The Limit by Centro) had finished runner-up to Shez Sinsational in the 2011 Zabeel Classic and the cheap sectionals this year enabled him to turn the tables on the Taranaki mare.  “He’s much stronger this year and he will have a freshen up and then run in the Waikato Draught Sprint,” Laing added.  “We will probably go to Sydney in the autumn, too”

The Cambridge based galloper made a successful start to his career at Te Aroha in October 2009 and since then he has claimed elite level victories in the Easter Hcp (2), Waikato Draught Sprint and Haunui Farm Classic.

Laing prepares him for owner-breeders Isabel and Alistaire Barker.  Second dam Limitless (Sir Tristram) won the 1987 Brisbane Cup when trained by Laing’s father Royce Dowling.

Veyron’s sire Thorn Park was put down at Windsor Park Stud earlier this month after succumbing to navicular disease.