Veight (Image: Bradley Photos)

Manikato kick-off for Veight

Tony McEvoy is already drawing up tentative plans for Group 1 George Ryder Stakes winner Veight's next campaign, as the son of Grunt enjoys a well-deserved spell.

The powerful colt ended a run of top-level placings by claiming his maiden G1 in superb fashion at Randwick in March and has been in the paddock since.

But while Veight relaxes, the stable has been hard at work devising a spring campaign for him and has pinpointed another G1 as his first-up assignment, this one at The Valley.

"He's having a great time, he's enjoying his spell down at Rosemont - he's got a little way to go," McEvoy said.

"We're not in a rush, he doesn't need to run until the 27th of September in the Manikato Stakes."

With Veight's first G1 victory coming over 1500 metres, the $10 million Golden Eagle, run over the same trip, has long since been touted as the three-year-old's primary target this spring.

But should his galloper run well enough first-up, McEvoy may find an invitation to the $20m Everest too hard to resist along the way.

McEvoy has taken one horse along the same path, star mare Sunlight, but he will wait until Veight's campaign has kicked off before making any final decisions.

"If he won the Manikato, they'd be silly not to invite him (to The Everest). The Golden Eagle is his race, but if we think The Everest is the right lead-up, we could do it," said McEvoy, who trains in partnership with his son Calvin.

"Sunlight, we ran her in The Everest and she ran poorly and then came out and just got beat in The Golden Eagle from a bad barrier.

"So, it can be done, getting there from The Everest, I'm not sure he's a Sunlight though … we'll just worry about the Manikato first."