Vega Magic Wins Bletchingly Stakes Earns Sport in The Everest

Ten of the 12 slots for The Everest are now filled, following Vega Magic’s win of the recent Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200 m) at Caulfield.

The five-year-old chestnut gelding by Ireland’s Lope De Vega is a proven performer with 13 wins and 4 placings in 22 starts. He ran second in last year’s inaugural running of The Everest.

He needed to beat just five competitors in Saturday’s final Group quality race of the 2017 – 2018 Thoroughbred racing season. Inn Keeper, Camdus and Ardrossan were scratched prior to the race, leaving just Voodoo Lad ($2.80 second-favourite to Vega Magic) Jungle Edge ($26), Black Heart Bart ($11), Crystal Dreamer ($41) and Jukebox ($9.50) in the running.

The Hayes – Dabernig trained Vega Magic will take the slot owned by James Harron.

“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,” Harron said in a statement.

“Vega Magic was favourite for the race last year when running a great second and his return in the Bletchingly Stakes yesterday was that of a top-class sprinter at the top of his game.”

Harron had Everest winner Redzel in the race last year, so the possibility of his having back-to-back winners in very real and the prize is the lion’s share of the $13 million on offer.

“We are delighted to secure him to run in our slot,” Harron said.“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.”

The last two spots for the 2018 Everest at Randwick on October 13 belong to the Australian Turf Club and GPI racing.

Trapeze Artist is the current favourite to win the second Everest, currently quoted at $4.60, while Vega Magic is given an $11 chance.

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