LINDSAY PARK EXPECTING SOME MAGIC
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.”