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Aidan O’Brien saddled six in the £600,000 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes and it was Magical who provided the trainer, Ryan Moore and Coolmore with back-to-back victories in the 12-furlong event with a smooth success.
The three-year-old daughter of Galileo travelled stylishly into contention in the home straight and quickened up smartly under Moore to score by a length from the John Gosden-trained Coronet, who stayed on well to finish second, three-quarters of a length in front of her stable companion, the well-backed Evens favourite Lah Ti Dar, back in third.
O’Brien landed the 2017 renewal with Hydrangea, who finished fifth in last year’s contest and he was delighted to record another success.
“We thought she was going to be a real contender for the Investec Oaks at one stage, but suffered an injury beforehand,” he said.
“We thought she would handle ease in the ground as she had form on a softer surface as a two-year-old so we are really delighted with her.
“She ran well in the Arc and she was only just coming back to full fitness in that race. Wayne Lordan rode her in that race and he said there was no doubt that she does stay a mile and a half as that was her first time over the trip.”
Magical excelled herself just a fortnight later when, kept to a mile and a half, she finished runner-up to Enable in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs. The pair had a great tussle, Enable taking the spoils by three-quarters of a length.
Before Ascot, Magical had won a couple of Group 2 races but had previously come up a bit short in five previous Group 1 engagements.
She has begun 2019 in excellent fettle, winning pattern contests at Naas and the Curragh over 1m 2f before romping home by seven lengths in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.
On her past three starts she has run crackers behind the highest-rated horses in the world.
She chased home Crystal Ocean in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot before beating all bar Enable in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. On her latest start she again chased home Enable after being supplemented for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.
Her versatility regards trip gives her options plenty of options.
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