Vega Magic included in star studded 2018 Memsie Stakes nominations

August 27, 2018

Vega Magic included in star studded 2018 Memsie Stakes nominations

Lindsay Park’s Group 1 winning sprinter and last year’s winner Vega Magic is among a star studded list of nominations for the 2018 Group 1 $1m Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Vega Magic, above, is among the nominations for the 2018 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Vega Magic, above, is among the nominations for the 2018 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Fifteen horses has been nominated for the first Group 1 of the 2018 Melbourne Spring Carnival and include Group 1 winners Black Heart Bart, Humidor, Grunt, Happy Clapper, Hartnell and Kementari.

Vega Magic was an all the way winner of the 2017 Memsie Stakes and the six year old gelding is in fine form to make it back to back wins after scoring a very impressive first up win in the Group 3 $150,000 The Big Screen Company Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on July 28.

“He’s going great,” Lindsay Park’s head trainer David Hayes told AAP.

“He had a cruisy gallop on Thursday and he’ll have another gallop on Monday.

“I think he’s very similar to last year, if not better.

“His form, you won’t get better than the other day, the way he won. And nothing has gone wrong since.”

Victoria’s premiership winning trained Darren Weir has entered five horses for the Memsie Stakes and as well as Black Heart Bart and Humidor, has nominated imports Danon Liberty, Kings Will Dream and Red Cardinal.

James Cummings’ war horse Hartnell is also nominated for the Memsie Stakes and is coming off a first up second to Showtime in the Group 2 $200,000 Sir John Monash P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 18.

Cummings has also nominated Kementari who was beaten just over three lengths last start when fourth to Winx in the Group 1 $500,000 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on August 18.

The Team Hawkes trained Showtime will get his chance for back to back Caulfield wins while several of the runners that finished behind him in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes will get their chance to reverse the placings.

One of those who will be trying to add to his Group 1 tally in the Memsie Stakes is the Mick Price trained Grunt who was only beaten one length when fifth to Showtime in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes.

Other notable entry is the Pat Webster trained Happy Clapper who will be stepping out for the first time for the 2018 Spring Carnival in the Memsie Stakes.

Happy Clapper had a very successful Sydney Autumn Carnival with two wins at Randwick in the Group 1 $500,000 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) and in the Group 1 $3m Doncaster Mile (1600m) and was also placed twice behind Winx when second in the Group 1 $1m George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill and third in the Group 1 $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.

The final field for the 2018 Memsie Stakes will be released on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Nominations for the 2018 Memsie Stakes (1400m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x323529x49 BLACK HEART BART G 8 Darren Weir 113
2 2x533x98x0 DANON LIBERTY (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir 104
3 81111329×1 DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR G 6 Tony McEvoy 102
4 3x1111x5 GRUNT (NZ) H 4 Mick Price 106
5 1262x1213x HAPPY CLAPPER G 8 Patrick Webster 118
6 290x1304x2 HARTNELL (GB) G 8 James Cummings 113
7 520x4184x8 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir 116
8 x200812436 JUNGLE EDGE G 8 Mick Bell 108
9 0x11130x24 KEMENTARI H 4 James Cummings 109
10 31x11111x4 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 102
11 3x222415x5 OREGON’S DAY M 5 Mick Price 106
12 2x11x5x0x0 RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir 108
13 0x23723x51 SHOWTIME H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 109
14 x11257x8x1 VEGA MAGIC G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 114
15 1113127123 WIDGEE TURF G 5 Patrick Payne 105

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