Hayes backs Vega to reproduce magic in Goodwood
DAVID Hayes couldn't have been happier after watching a quartet of his top performers - Vega Magic, Formality, Boom Time and new recruit Spieth - all win trials at Tatura on Tuesday.
The sprinters are all Adelaide-bound, with Formality to run in the Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville on May 5. Two weeks later Vega Magic and Spieth will tackle the Group 1 Goodwood - both first-up - at the same track.
Hayes said Vega Magic was on target to emulate last year's performance, when he won the Goodwood fresh in his first start for the Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig team.
"He became the first horse in history to win that race first-up, so we're trying to back it up by doing it again," Hayes said on Tuesday.
Hayes said Vega Magic, who was ridden by Damien Oliver on Tuesday, wasn't suited by the tight turning Tatura track.
"He went a bit like he did at Moonee Valley. He's better suited on bigger tracks, but we were really happy with him," the trainer said.
Hayes said Vega Magic would have another trial at Werribee in a fortnight before heading to Adelaide for the Goodwood.
The trainer said Spieth's owners were also looking at running the five-year-old first-up in the Kings Stand Stakes (1000m) at England's Royal Ascot, but he felt the sprinter would be better suited over 1200m.
"He's full of himself, but he's settled in really well," Hayes said.
"I thought he was my best trialler today. Ollie really pushed him out, which was the plan but it wasn't the trial to take him to a 1000m race at Royal Ascot."
Hayes was also thrilled with Formality's trial, which he said she won by 15 lengths.
"She looks great and went enormous. She'll go straight to the Sangster," he said.
Hayes said last year's Caulfield Cup winner, Boom Time, would have a two-start campaign.
"He's being set for one race, the Caulfield Cup. This preparation is about keeping him ticking him over for that race."
Boom Time will run over 1400m at Flemington on May 5 before tackling the Lee Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville on May 19.