Magical heads home an O'Brien 1-2-3 in Irish Champion Stakes

  • Magical heads home an O'Brien 1-2-3 in Irish Champion Stakes
  • Magical heads home an O'Brien 1-2-3 in Irish Champion Stakes

By Duane Fonseca

Aidan O'Brien celebrated a top three finish at Leopardstown on Saturday as Magical romped to a decisive victory in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes ahead of stable companions MagicWand and Anthony Van Dyck.
Ridden by Ryan Moore, the 4yo Galileo filly raced clear of her rivals to score by two and a quarter lengths and claim a third career Group One success.


Moore and Magical enjoyed a dream run after stablemate Hunting Horn set the pace which proved too much for the rest of her rivals. Once Moore asked Magical to go, it was the end of the race with Magic Wand edging Anthony Van Dyck by a head.
Japanese mare Deirdre finished fourth.
O'Brien said: "We were delighted. She had a midsummer break and her first run back was in York. She ran Enable to a couple of lengths and we knew she was going to come forward a good bit.
"She was just ready to go to York. Obviously Enable is a great filly and when we saw her running that well against her we were looking forward to this race and the autumn after that.


"We knew she was going to be in real good shape for today and I couldn't have been happier with her.
"She's a lovely filly. We know she gets the mile and a half and handles an ease in the ground, she was back to a mile and a quarter today on fast ground and Ryan gave her a lovely, uncomplicated ride.
"The plan was to go to the Arc from here, but usually what happens is we see how they come out of it, talk to the lads and they see if they stay on the programme or go a different way. It's something great to have to think about."

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