By Ray Hickson
Co-trainer Ben Hayes has confirmed Memsie Stakes winner Vega Magic will have his next start in The Everest though it’s not clear which slot he’ll fill.
The Hayes and Dabernig stable has the backing of slot holder The Star but a decision is unlikely to be made until after stablemate Redkirk Warrior resumes later this month.
Shortly after Vega Magic led all the way to win the Group 1 1400m sprint at Caulfield on Saturday, Hayes said he certainly doesn’t fear the Concorde Stakes quinella of Redzel and Spieth should they be secured to line up in the $10 feature on October 14.
”It’s hard to get an idea because there were only four in the Concorde but he’s just beaten nine Group 1 winners,” Hayes said, “So I’d happily take them on.”
Vega Magic shortened to $8 third elect for The Everest behind Chautauqua ($4.60), who barrier trials at Rosehill on Monday, and She Will Reign ($6).
Hayes said since the Lindsay Park team has picked up Vega Magic from Western Australia the stable has learned quickly that he’s a high class sprinter. And by aiming to tackle The Everest fresh he said it will give him the best chance of winning.
”He won the Goodwood first-up for us and he carried a big weight to win first-up this prep,” he said.
”We can’t gallop him with other horses because he annihilates them so he does most of his work by himself.”
Hayes said Redkirk Warrior is scheduled to resume in the Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington on September 16.
There are currently five confirmed runners in The Everest – Chautauqua, She WIll Reign, Houtzen, English and Fell Swoop.