Australia

Back

Hayes: Magic can repeat Goodwood trick

There is ample stable confidence that Vega Magic can emulate his performance in last year's Darley Goodwood for his defence of the crown on Saturday.

Co-trainer Ben Hayes said the Lope De Vega gelding's fitness was probably even slightly superior to where it was 12 months ago, when he had the better of Missrock by three-quarters of a length when on debut for Lindsay Park in the $1 million Group 1 sprint.

"If anything, I'd say he's more forward going into the Goodwood this year," Hayes said on Tuesday morning.

"He's had three trials [one official, two jumpouts], his last one was very strong. He looks very fit, and all his work suggests he's going as well as he was last year."

He added: "His first trial was at Seymour, we didn't ask him to do much that day.

"But he was very impressive. He won the trial quite easily, and Ollie [Damien Oliver] thought if he had something to go with, he would have trialled better.

"We then trialled him at Tatura, it's a tight track and he has a big stride on him - he didn't quite handle the corner well, but still trialled well and Ollie thought the track didn't suit him.

"Then we had the trial at Werribee - where he was ultra impressive, I think he won by 15-plus lengths, and ran five seconds quicker than any of the other 1100-metre trials, so he's telling us he's going really well."

Vega Magic has been in the wars in his time off since the spring - with original plans to get him back for the Sydney autumn features before he struck trouble in the paddock.

"Unfortunately, he was spelling with Redkirk Warrior at our farm and there was a lightning storm, and he beat Redkirk Warrior to the fence and needed a couple of stitches in his back leg," Hayes recounted.

"We took our time with him, and we've got his injury well under control. We've had no issues with that at all, he's lovely and sound and happy with how he is."

Also in the wars of late was another recent Lindsay Park new addition, Sun Stud-owned entire Thronum.

The son of Snitzel was set to run in Saturday's $700,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000, before he was an 11th-hour scratching - and has led to his owners chartering a flight to Morphettville as they re-directed to the Goodwood this weekend.

"It was a freak accident," Hayes explained, of the last-start G1 William Reid Stakes runner-up.

"Bim [assistant trainer Gary Fennessy] had just brought the saddle back to the tie-ups out the back, and he [Thronum] just threw his head up - they have really low roofing [at Doomben] - and he managed to knock his nose on the roofing.

"And it just wouldn't stop bleeding, so we had to scratch him. It was still bleeding after the race [had been run].

"So just a freak accident, the horse is absolutely fine, there's nothing wrong with him.

"And now connections have decided to charter a flight to Adelaide [from Brisbane], and he leaves tonight (Tuesday)."

Sportsbet has Vega Magic as the $2.60 favourite after he drew 14, while Thronum has come up an $11 chance with gate five.

 

 

 

 

Share/Bookmark