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Magical by name, magical by nature.
Aidan O’Brien described heras “the ultimate racehorse” after she had justified Even-money favouritism in the £1,358,750 QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot.
Just 13 days on from a fifth-placed effort in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the four-year-old daughter of Galileo travelled powerfully throughout and ran on strongly to score by three-quarters of a length, defeating the staying-on Addeybb.
It was Magical’s fourth Group 1 victory and took her career earnings over £3.36 million.
“Magical is an unbelievable mare. From the start of her career as a two-year-old, every time she races, she turns out,” O”Brien said.
“Every morning she wakes up with a total clean sheet, she never holds offence to nobody even if they upset her the day before. She just takes it on the chin and asks ‘what do you want me to do today?'”
“Magical is the most unbelievable mare I have ever seen. Her mind is incredible. She gets a mile and a half, but I think a mile and a quarter is her ideal trip. She gets a mile and a half because of her class.
“The Arc was a strongly-run race and she has come out that and won here. She handles ease in the ground, goes on fast ground – what can you say?
“She is the ultimate racehorse – that is what she is.
O’Brien had saddled six in the £600,000 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes a year earlier 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.
She 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 said: “We thought she was going to be a real contender for the Investec Oaks at one stage, but suffered an injury beforehand.
“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.”
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 next three starts she ran 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.
Then she again chased home Enable after being supplemented for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks before scooping the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes.
She is a credit to her connections.
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