Vega Magic is out to go back-to-back in the Goodwood. Picture: Matt Turner.
Vega Magic is out to go back-to-back in the Goodwood. Picture: Matt Turner.

Vega Magic gears up to break 116-year-old Goodwood Handicap record

VEGA Magic will use a Werribee jumpout to complete Goodwood Handicap preparations as the Lindsay Park sprinter attempts to become the first horse in more than a century to post successive wins in the feature.

Vega Magic will bid to emulate the feat of Musket Belle (1911-12) when he returns to Morphettville on Saturday.

Trainer Tom Dabernig said the Werribee hit-out would complete Vega Magic's preparation.

"That'll be his sort of main hit-out," Dabernig said.

"Then he'll go back to the farm and he'll head over to Adelaide probably on the Wednesday.

"He seems in great shape.

"Obviously he's come back from his superficial injury but he's never really missed any work through it.

"It wasn't a structural thing, it was just a cut.

"He seems great, is skin tone, his skin quality is excellent. I think Werribee - we've given him at Seymour and Tatura and he's done well - will just finish him off.

"Tatura was just a trip away from home."

Trainer David Hayes will have two runners in the Doomben 10,000. Picture: Rohan Kelly
Trainer David Hayes will have two runners in the Doomben 10,000. Picture: Rohan Kelly

Dabernig acknowledges the difficulty of triumphing first-up against class opposition.

But he has faith in the former West Australian speedster's ability.

"Being first up in the Goodwood, he won it first up last year, so it's not an easy thing to do," Dabernig said.

"But he's the sort of horse that can do that and even going into The Everest, he had a good space between runs."

Damien Oliver will take the ride.

 

 

Dabernig hopes Redkirk Warrior will be allowed to work down the Flemington straight at the Victoria Racing Club's next meeting on Saturday week ahead of a Royal Ascot tilt.

"He's in good shape, we're trying to organise a gallop here at Flemington on the 19th, down the straight just working on his own for a bit of atmosphere," he said.

"We'd probably give him a Flemington jumpout.

"He doesn't need a lot. It's more about keeping him in shape in preparation to going.

"He'll go about two weeks before the race."

Redkirk Warrior will be stabled with Jane Chapple-Hyam at Newmarket.