Vega Magic | Horse Of The Month July 2018
Vega Magic - Horse Of The Month July 2018
With no Group 1 or Group 2 races for the entire month, for that matter, just a couple of lonely Group 3 races, picking a horse of the month proved quite challenging, but as was the case last month, we relied on season figures to pick Vega Magic as the betsfree.com.au July 2018 Horse of the Month.
Of course, if we were going to publish a Horse of the Month calendar for the 2017 – 2018 Australian Thoroughbred racing season, the photo at the top of every month would be that of Winx, but that almost goes without saying.
We relied on three criteria in selecting Vega Magic.
Number one, Vega Magic won the last Group race of the season, the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200 m) at Caulfield this weekend past.
Two, by winning the race Vega Magic attracted the attention of one of the holders of the 12 spots for the second running of The Everest at Randwick in October.
Finally, Vega Magic ran second in the Everest last year and will have a second crack at Redzel in the world’s richest turf race.
Our Horse of the Month did not have a stellar year in 2018, but at one point in the season set to conclude in a couple of days, he won four consecutive attempts, including the Group 1 The Goodwood at Morphettville and the Group 1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield. During that span, he beat top quality horses, such as Missrock, Brave Smash, Santa Ana lane, Black Heart Bart and Tosen Stardom.
Vega Magic has made a good career as a sprinter. He has made 22 starts for 13 wins and four placings, so he is as about a good a punt as anyone is likely to see. He has won $3.6 million for his work on the track, which works out to about 161,000 per race, so even though he had an off day in May 2018 when trying to defend is Goodwood from the year prior, he seems to be coming back to form for the spring carnival.
Most of the horses that have contributed to the lines of Vega Magic were of Northern Hemisphere origins. The Australian sides of his ancestors are exclusively on the side of dam Admirable. She did well in limited racing. The most impressive connection we found in Vega Magic’s ancestors was four generations back, with the USA’s Storm Cat, not for Storm Cat’s racing record, but for his connections to some of the greats, including Northern Dancer, Nearctic, Secretariat and Bold Ruler, to mention a few.
Good luck to Vega Magic in the 2018 Everest and congratulations on being the bestfree.com.au July 2018 Horse of the Month.