Vega Magic on Everest Quest

RAY THOMAS The Daily Telegraph

THE three placegetters in the inaugural The Everest will clash again in the world’s richest turf race after it was announced Vega Magic is a confirmed starter.

Vega Magic split Redzel and Brave Smash in The Everest last year and all three sprinters have now been selected to contest the $13 million race at Royal Randwick on October 13.

A brilliant, winning return to racing by Vega Magic in the Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield last Saturday was all that was needed for slot-holder James Harron to make his move. “We have had Vega Magic on our radar for some weeks now,’’ Harron told The Daily Telegraph on Sunday.

“I guess we have been waiting for a real ‘top end’ horse and Vega Magic showed in the Bletchingly Stakes that he is back and in winning form.
“We think he is going to be a super chance in The Everest. He is with a great team and they have a formula for success.’’

Vega Magicwas the unlucky runner in the inaugural The Everest last year. He was three and four-wide throughout and yet still ran a close second to Redzel.

The other definite Everest runners are Trapeze Artist (Aquis), In Her Time (TAB), Brave Smash (Chris Waller), Shoals (The Star), English (Damion Flower), Santa Ana Lane (Inglis), US Navy Flag (Coolmore) and Menari (Max Whitby and Neil Werrett).

David Hayes said Vega Magic is going “every bit as good now as he was last year” after his runaway Bletchingly Stakes win.

He also said he intends to follow a similar path to last year’s program which almost saw Vega Magic win the inaugural Everest.

The powerful chestnut 5yo gelding by Lope De Vega (IRE) will race next in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 1st, the race he won last year.


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