The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATHEW TOO­GOOD

CHAM­PION trainer David Hayes is con­fi­dent Vega Magic on tar­get to de­fend the Group 1 Mem­sie Stakes at Caulfield ahead of his shot to go one bet­ter in the $13 mil­lion The TAB Ever­est.

Vega Magic re­turned to win­ning ways with a dom­i­nant per­for­mance in the Group 3 Bletch­ingly Stakes (1200m) last month at Caulfield.

The 3-len vic­tory over sub­se­quent Aurie’s Star Hand­i­cap win­ner Voodoo Lad was enough for Vega Magic to show off his Ever­est cre­den­tials and clinch a slot for the sec­ond run­ning of world’s rich­est race on turf in Oc­to­ber at Rand­wick.

Vega Magic will be out to make it back-to-back Mem­sie Stakes wins at Caulfield to­mor­row af­ter claim­ing the 1400m weight-for-age race by 1.75-len last year. Vega Magic had a solo

day gal­lop un­der jockey Damien Oliver last Satur­day week at Caulfield and Hayes, who trains in part­ner­ship with his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig, can’t fault the geld­ing.

“He’s go­ing great,” Hayes said.

“He had a cruisy gal­lop on Thursday.

“I think he’s very sim­i­lar to last year, if not bet­ter.

“His form, you won’t get bet­ter than the other day, the way he won.

“And noth­ing has gone wrong since.”

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