Seymour racecourse has not conducted a race meeting this year, but it might yet have an impact on some Group 1 races. Yesterday morning it hosted a galloper Hall of Fame trainer David Hayes described as a ‘‘world-class sprinter’’.
Dual Group 1 winner Vega Magic, who also finished second in the inaugural running of the $10million The Everest last October, had the most serious hit-out of his campaign in an 800m jump out.
The hulking gelding, who missed the Melbourne autumn carnival after injuring himself in a paddock accident in December, looked awesome sitting near the lead before asserting his superiority in the final 200m to power away and score by six lengths.
Hayes, who trains in partnership with his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig at Euroa, used the jump out to determine the most suitable first-up option for the dual Group 1 winner and said it would most likely be in the Group 1 The Goodwood in Adelaide, a race he won last year.
‘‘We gave him this trial to see if we are going to run in Sydney in the T.J. (Smith Stakes),’’ Hayes said of the five-year-old son of Lope de Vega.
‘‘He did have a big blow. He was incredibly impressive and we’ll wait and see how he comes out of it, but my gut feel is we’ll wait for The Goodwood. Just give him a nice, slow preparation into it after his setback and then set him for The Everest.
‘‘But on what I saw today I know I’ve got a world-class sprinter, so exciting times ahead.’’
The $2.5million T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) will be at Randwick in Sydney on April 7, with the $1million The Goodwood at Morphettville in Adelaide on May 19.
Vega Magic was part of a big team that Lindsay Park took to Seymour with recent stable acquisition Spieth and speedy filly Madeenaty also taking part in jump outs.
Fanatic, winner of the Group 2 Adelaide Cup earlier this month, worked over 2000m on the course proper before the jump outs as she continued her build-up towards next month’s $2million Sydney Cup (3200m).
The jump outs were the Seymour track’s most serious workout since the Super Impose Maiden card on December 21 last year, following a summer renovation.
The next race meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10.
— Brad Bishop