The Lindsay Park trained Vega Magic has been installed as the short priced favourite to score back to back wins in the Group 1 $1m Darley Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on Saturday.
Vega Magic was having his first run for the Lindsay Park Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig when he won first in last year’s Goodwood and the former Western Australian trained sprinter added another Group 1 win to his record in the Spring with a victory in the Group 1 $1m New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
The big chestnut then ran another mighty race when second Redzel in the $10m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 14 but was then unplaced at his remaining two Spring Carnival starts.
A fifth to Hey Doc was next in the Group 1 $1m Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes (1200m) at The Valley and then Vega Magic was spelled after running seventh to Redzel in the Group 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on day four of the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Damien Oliver takes the mount on Vega Magic and despite drawing barrier fourteen in the capacity twenty horse Goodwood field, the five year old is still dominating the betting at $2.60 at Ladbrokes.com.au with the closest to him in the market order being the Lloyd Kennewell trained Viddora and the first of Darren Weir’s three runners, Voodoo Lad, both at $10.
Voodoo Lad has drawn the rails with apprentice Ben Allen in the saddle while Viddora had drawn around the middle of the pack at eleven with regular rider Joe Bowditch to ride again.
Mick Price’s Group 1 winning mare Secret Agenda is marked at $12 just ahead of Lindsay Park’s second stringer Thronum and the Anthony Freedman trained Santa Ana Lane at $13.
Thronum has been rushed to Adelaide to run in the Goodwood after being a late scratching for last Saturday’s Group 1 $700,000 Kirin Doomben 10,000 (1200m) at Doomben after hitting his head in the tie up stalls prior to getting saddled up.
Doomben 10,000 winning jockey Tim Clark takes the ride on Throunum who has drawn nicely at barrier five.
Santa Ana Lane will jump from gate nine with Ben Melham on top while Dwayne Dunn will have his work cut out on Secret Agenda who has come up with a horror draw at nineteen.