Slot Holder: James Harron
Breeding: Lope De Vega (IRE) – Admirable
Trainer: David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig
Owner: Mr H W Daly, Mr G E Daly
Dual Group One-winner Vega Magic has been given a second crack at The Everest after running an unlucky second in the inaugural running of the rich feature last year. There was question marks over the sprinter after a dissapoinintg eighth in The Goodwood at Morphetville but he silenced his critics with a breathtaking win in the Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield suggesting he has lost none of his brilliance.
Moments after Vega Magic had crossed the line jockey Damien Oliver declared that any slot holders would be “mad” to overlook a horse of his class and credentials. Leading bloodstock agent and slot holder James Harron wasted no time in swooping on Vega Magic, announcing a deal had been struck just a day after that victory.
“We have been biding our time waiting to secure a horse with the credentials to win the race and importantly, to see that they have returned in top form,” said Harron.
“Vega Magic was favourite for the race last year when running a great second and his return in the Bletchingly Stakes was that of a top class sprinter at the top of his game. We are delighted to secure him to run in our slot.
“Credit to Wally and George (Daly) for breeding such an outstanding sprinter and to David Hayes and his team at Lindsay Park for getting this horse right back to his best yesterday – we are tremendously excited to team up with them as we attempt to scale The Everest once more.”