Group 1 sprinter Vega Magic showed he was on the verge of returning to the elite level this spring after he monstered his rivals in a jumpout at Flemington on Monday morning.
With the important addition of blinkers to his gear, Vega Magic skipped through his non-preferred heavy ground to send a warning to his rivals that at seven years of age, he is far from finished despite a run of misfortune over the past few seasons.
The former WA sprinter was ridden by Damien Oliver and he gave his younger rivals a galloping lesson, eventually easing down to score from three-year-old stakes placegetter Hawker Hurricane and last season’s juvenile Flemington winner Moldova.
Co-trainer David Hayes was duly impressed: “That’s his third jump-out and he’s really in the zone now.”
“He jumped out in the blinkers and he’ll probably run first-up on Memsie (Stakes) day (August 31) in the 1100-metre sprint (The Heath) and he’ll be pretty hard to beat on what I saw today.
“He wasn’t completely happy in the heavy ground but he (Oliver) kept hold of him and he spaced them.”