Vega Magic close to his peak

15 May 2018 08:07:02 EST

Champion trainer David Hayes believes Vega Magic is back to peak condition ahead of Saturday's Group 1 Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville.

Vega Magic returns to racing after six months off the scene following a paddock incident during an electrical storm.

I think he is well protected with the terms and conditions of the race and I'm sure he'll run very, very well.

David Hayes

It resulted in him missing out on the autumn canrival but Hayes is confident the gelding is back to peak condition after his final piece of work at Flemington on Monday.

"Ben (Hayes) was there for his final gallop at Flemington and he was really happy with him," Hayes said.

"We have just changed his environment like we did last year going into the race, we got him out to the country and he has tightened up nicely.

"I think he is well protected with the terms and conditions of the race and I'm sure he'll run very, very well."

While no runner is yet to go back-to-back in the in South Australia's feature sprint, Hayes pointed out the stable has made a habit of rewriting the record books in recent history.

"There had never been a first-up winner until we ran in it last year and there had never been a first-up winner in a Newmarket until Redkirk (Warrior) did it," he said.

"I can't see any reason why he couldn't win two."

Meanwhile, Hayes also revealed that there has been initial conversations with some of The Everest slot holders after Vega Magic finished second in the race's inaugural running last year.

Vega Magic is 6/4 to win The Goodwood for a second year in a row and is 16/1 to claim victory in The Everest.

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