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Weight Relief At Last For Veyron
Veyron (Thorn Park-Over the Limit, by Centro) will be asked to carried the lightest weight he has been allotted in New Zealand since his Gr1 Easter Handicap win in 2011 when he contests Saturday's Gr3 Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Linda Laing-trained five-time Gr1 winner has been given 57kg under the set weights and penalties conditions of the race. "It's been a long time since he's carried 57 kilos. He won't know himself," Laing said. Veyron has taken time to get back to fitness this preparation with Laing reporting that he was holding his condition much better than past campaigns. He ran an improved race for fourth in the Gr3 Tauranga Stakes (1600m) earlier this month, fighting on well after setting the pace. "Unfortunately when he jumped out at Tauranga, he went down on his nose in the first stride and cut a hind leg," Laing said. "There was a fair bit of blood when he came back to scale but that's healed up well. It was a good run under the circumstances and his work has been good since. He comes right this time of year and he'll acquit himself well on Saturday." Laing says she would like to take Veyron to Ellerslie on Boxing Day for the Gr1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) if he performs well on Saturday. "We're going race by race but we'd like to have another shot at the Zabeel Classic. He'll go into that without another run but he'll probably have an exhibition gallop somewhere in between," Laing said.