Hayes not fazed by rain forecast

07 October 2018 06:38:07 EST
Damien Oliver

Rain this week won't count too much against Vega Magic in The Everest, says trainer David Hayes.

There is rain forecast in Sydney on each day leading up to Saturday's $13m race at Randwick.

The track was a heavy (9) for Spring Champion Stakes day on Saturday, and is unlikely to improve too much for the big race over 1200m.

If you said to me do I want it dry or wet, yes I want it dry for him. He is better on top of the ground.

David Hayes

Hayes admits Vega Magic, who ran second to Redzel in last year's inaugural The Everest, prefers a dry track but says he's done well enough in soft conditions in the past.

He won last year's Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) on a soft (6), beating 2018 The Everest contenders Brave Smash and Santa Ana Lane.

Hayes, who co-trains with son Ben and Tom Dabernig, said his contender was "not a duffer in the wet."

He added: "He also won a trial leading into the Bletchingly Stakes by five lengths on a soft (7) and he ran five lengths faster than any of the 12 trials on the day.

"But if you said to me do I want it dry or wet, yes I want it dry for him. He is better on top of the ground."

Vega Magic was unlucky in last year's race, being three and four-wide throughout.

Though he hasn't raced since finishing fourth in the Group I Memsie Stakes (1400m) won by Humidor at Caulfield on 1st September, he has had a 1000m hitout at Albury to get a taste of running in the clockwise direction of Sydney racing.

Ridden by Craig Williams in last year's The Everest, Vega Magic will this time have Damien Oliver aboard.

Vega Magic is 6/1 on a win and each way bet to win The Everest next weekend with Trapeze Artist 9/1 and Redzel 15/2.

On the same day Native Soldier is 11/2 to win the Caulfield Guineas.

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