Vega Magic is a confirmed Everest starter

  • Vega Magic is confirmed for The Everest 
  • Will Nature Strip and Kementari get a slot? 
Vega Magic bolts in the Bletchingly Stakes.

The inaugural runner-up of The Everest Vega Magic returned to his best at Caulfield on Saturday, winning the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m). 

Only 24 hours after his terrific victory in the Bletchingly, slot holder James Harron, who won the $10 million race with Redzel in 2017, had confirmed that he had locked Vega Magic in for his slot in The Everest.

"We were thrilled with the effort (in the Bletchingly)," Co-trainer David Hayes told RSN 927's Correct Weight.
 "He only went in with one trial. He did race a little bit fierce and fresh in the blinkers, but in those small fields sometimes the tempo's a bit dawdling.”  
Jockey Damian Oliver spoke to Racing.com post race and said he would suggest taking the blinkers off. Hayes noted this, saying “We'll take them off for the Memsie, and we'll consider putting them back on for The Everest - the high-pressure race."

The Everest field (as of 30/07/2018) 

Redzel (Yulong Investments) 
Brave Smash (Chris Waller Racing) 
Trapeze Artist (Aquis) 
Santa Ana Lane (Inglis) 
US Navy Flag (Coolmore) 
English (Damion Flower) 
In Her Time (TAB) 
Shoals (The Star)
Menari (Max Whitby) 
Vega Magic (James Harron) 
ATC - ? 
GPI Racing - ?

With Vega Magic being a confirmed starter for The Everest, it leaves only two slots available. In a quirk that is unique to The Everest, two of the top five horses in betting are still without a slot. Those horses are Nature Strip and Kementari. 

Nature Strip showed his class on Saturday, winning the UBET Lightning Stakes (1050m) by six-lengths, running 33.27sec for his final 600m. Despite not earning a slot, he firmed from $26 into $11 for The Everest. 

Godolphin will be hoping Kementari is as impressive when he steps out first-up in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick. The three-year-old Colt hasn’t been seen since running down the track in the Doncaster. 

Another horse that is still hopeful of getting a slot is eight-year-old Happy Clapper. Although trainer Pat Webster is hopeful, he admits the chances are slim. 

“He’ll probably go in the Memsie (first-up) in Melbourne.” Webster told RSN 927’s Racing Pulse on Monday morning. 
 When mapping out a possible Spring preparation for Happy Clapper, Webster said “The Makybe, The Underwood, The Caulfield (Stakes), The Kennedy Mile and the Emirates."

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