Magical effort at Leopardstown


Magical proved a class above her rivals with a victory in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

Aidan O’Brien’s filly has invested much of her commendable career chasing the Permit at the top level — however her CV, she has three Group One wins following this success.
The favourite had a dream passing, nearest to the speed determined by stablemate Hunting Horn and then generating far too much velocity for all those in behind after Ryan Moore.
From the O’Brien team chased her home, with Magic Wand second and Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck another venture off in third party — at 12-1 and 20-1 respectively.
Mare Deirdre was the unfortunate horse in the race, even immobilized for then staying best to finish fourth and racing room once the pace quickened.
However there wasn’t any stopping Magical, that had been a stylish winner since she took good advantage of Enable’s lack for after, in the process earning herself quotations of 6-1 out of 14-1 from Paddy Power and Betfair, if she try to take on John Gosden’s mare again at next month Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
O’Brien explained:»We’re thrilled. She’d a midsummer fracture and also her run back was at York. Permit was run by her to a few lengths and we knew she was likely to come a bit that was fantastic forward.
«»She was just ready to visit York. Permit is a fantastic filly and when we found her running that nicely against her we looked forward to this race and the fall then.
«We knew that she was likely to be in real good shape for today and I couldn’t have been happier with her.
«She’s a beautiful filly. We know she gets the mile and a half and also manages an ease in the floor, she was right back today on ground and Ryan gave her a lovely ride.
«She’d actually come ahead from York. Travelled like that and quickened the way she did, Ryan stated she doesn’t do much before and she came outside, she’s a filly.
«This is the second race of her autumn effort program and she is really something to look forward to.
«The plan was supposed to visit the Arc from here, but usually what happens is that we determine how they come from it, talk to the lads and they find out whether they stay on the programme or move another way.
«It’s something good to need to think about.»

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