Vega Magic | Horse Of The Month September 2017
Vega Magic - Horse Of The Month September 2017
The betsfree.com.au Horse of the Month honour goes to Vega Magic.
The 5YO chestnut gelding by Ireland’s Lope De Vega from Australia’s Admirable has won over $2 million in 17 starts, with 12 wins and three placings.
Save for a ninth place finish at Ascot in the Group 3 Prince of Wales and a seventh in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes, also at Ascot, Vega Magic is the horse on which to plunge any time his name is on the card.
He even wins his barrier trials. Winx could not make a similar claim until very recently.
By any standard, Vega Magic is a most competent sprinter.
In September of 2017, he won the Group 1 Memsie Stakes, carrying Craig Williams to the line ahead of Black Heart Bart and Tosen Stardom. His starting price was $2.25, far clear of the $6 quote Bart carried. The rest of his resume frequently begins: 1st of (insert number in field here).
The Memsie field for 2017 was a Who’s Who of Australian sprinters, along with the previously mentioned Bart and Tosen Stardom, Hey Doc, Le Romain, Jon Snow, Humidor and Yankee Rose ran, representing the top trainers and hoops in the game.
Vega Magic first tasted Group 1 success at Morphettville in May of 2017 when he took out the 1400 m The Goodwood Handicap, again beating Bart, Hey Doc and other top gallopers, including Malaguerra. Bart was $4 favourite to Vega magic’s $4.80.
The Memsie win gave him four consecutive and he seems to take rider changes in stride, as along with Williams, Damien Oliver and Jake Casey have tasted victory astride him.
He led the pack in terms of prizemoney in September, almost 200,000 clear of number two Humidor.
At the moment, it appears as though Vega Magic will next run the Group 1 WFA Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes (1200 m) in late October, followed by the Group 1 WFA Darley Classic (1200 m) in mid-November. Also known as the VRC Sprint Classic, the race is part of the Global Sprint Challenge, so Vega Magic once again will be in fine company.
If we could place any knock on Vega Magic, it would be that he has yet to win a Group 2 race. In his defense, his trainers, David and B Hayes and Tom Dabernig could simply point out that Vega Magic has not run in a Group 2 race.
Those trainers could also point to the fact that Vega Magic wins first up, he wins second up and he wins third up. He just wins, period.
Congratulations to Vega Magic, the betsfree.com.au Horse of the Month.