If there were any doubts over Vega Magic they were well and truly cast aside after he posted a comprehensive win in the Tabtouch Handicap at Belmont on Saturday.
Surprisingly beaten first up this campaign after being challenged for the lead, Vega Magic was not at his brilliant best when he turned the tables on Brisanto on May 21.
But, the Lope De Vega gelding, who is hailed as potentially WA racing’s next golden prospect, reasserted his dominance and reputation with an imperious victory.
Capping the Belmont programme in scintillating fashion, Vega Magic was sent straight to the front by, Jake Casey, and toyed with his rivals, cruising to the line as pleased.
At the end of the 1200m journey he opened up a 5 1/2 length lead over Gigante with Grey Enigma bringing up third place in the battle for the minor prize.
A relieved trainer, Sean Casey, said Vega Magic could not have been any more impressive.
“It was an awesome win,” Casey said.
“That’s the Vega Magic everyone wants to see.”
Meanwhile stable foreman Jason Miller continues to do an excellent job in the absence of head honcho, Adam Durrant.
Miller revelled in Zuccheros’ win in the penultimate race, but he admitted he had a few anxious moments in running.
The six-year-old looked to be an impossible chance when caught behind a wall of horses at the top of the straight, but aided by a top ride from leading apprentice, Clint Johnston-Porter, be burst through for an electrifying win.
“I thought we were running for second but he got some luck and was given a top ride,” Miller said.
Military Reign looked the winner on the inside, but lost no admirers after slipping at the start and lumping 58.5kg.
The chestnut filly ran second with Windswept third.
Steve Wolfe predicts a bright future for Minus Looks, an upset winner in the first.
The son of Demerit saluted first-up after three warm up trials, including a second to High Conviction who franked the form when taking out a midweek race impressively on Wednesday.
But Minus Looks, who burst through to defeat Sammy The Boss and favourite, Next Generation, was friendless in betting, sent out as a $23 outsider.
“I think he can be a Guineas horse,” Wolfe said.
“We will wait and see how he develops.”