Emirates Park-bred Vega One lands the MM Cup

JANUARY 12, 2020.

Emirates Park’s proud history of sales race success continued on the 2020 Magic Millions program when Vega One posted an authoritative victory in the $1 million Pacific Fair Magic Millions Cup (RL, 1400m) at Southport.

A magnificent 4-year-old son of Lope de Vega (Ire) bred and part-owned by Emirates Park, Vega One went to post a short-priced favourite and duly obliged — defeating last year’s MM Cup first and second Redouble and Sambro in the process.

Vego One's win in the Magic Millions Cup was the second by an Emirates Park-bred galloper following Theseo's victory in the same event back in 2008.

Speaking after the race, winning trainer Tony Gollan revealed: “I was pretty happy pre-race and I’m even happier post-race. I knew he was going really good this horse and I’ve just had a really good preparation with him.”

Gollan added: “It was always the plan to go four weeks between runs into this. We won The Gateway on the way here, and that sort of sealed our fate to get him to the Stradbroke later this year.

"I was very confident with Michael [Rodd] on board. We’ve had a lot of success together. He’s a cool character and he got the job done.”

After his winning ride, Rodd echoed Gollan’s confidence in the horse — both before the assignment and long-term.

“Tony was very confident with the horse,” claimed Rodd. “He pretty much declared him to me before the race.

“I sort of changed plans a little bit and thought I’d go back to an arrogant, confident ride, and if the horse is going that well, hopefully he’s too good for them.

"He’s still learning what it’s all about but he’s going to be a really nice horse in time."

Sold on behalf of Emirates Park by Stockwell Thoroughbreds at the 2017 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale for $75,000, Vega One has now amassed $956,000 through five wins and five placings from just 17 starts.

Vega One is the fourth foal of the imported mare One Funny Honey (USA) and hails from the family of US champion sire Broad Brush.

Vega One’s valuable victory proved to be a massive few days for the progeny of One Funny Honey (USA). Wednesday’s session of the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale saw a Snitzel half-brother to Vega One sell to Dermot Farrington/Aquis Farm/Brae Sokolski/Parsons Creek for $800,000.

 

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