Everest Conquerors

By Ray Thomas
 THE difference between winning and running second was more than $4 million but David Hayes was magnanimous in defeat after Vega Magic’s luckless second in The TAB Everest at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

“I think if Vega Magic draws a barrier, he just about wins,’’ Hayes said. “It was a huge run, he was out wide without cover but he has run the winner to less than a length. But I don’t want to take anything away from the winner, Redzel, he had to do it at both ends so it was a great win.’’


Craig Williams, rider of Vega Magic, agreed the sprinter’s wide draw was costly.

“He was awesome in defeat, he’s defied the track pattern,’’ Williams said. “I’m just ruling that we didn’t draw a barrier.’’

The stable had three runners in the races with Tulip finishing fifth and Redkirk Warrior running 10th. “I’m very proud of Tulip, she was the first filly home,’’ Hayes said.

“Redkirk Warrior was disappointing. I don’t know if he likes Randwick, he has been three times now and run below his best. But it was a great experience being involved in the first Everest.



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