Champions Day: Magical wins Champion Stakes as Aidan O'Brien seals double

Ruben Hill
October 21, 2019

If she wins as expected, a return trip to North America for the November 2 Breeders' Cup Turf could be in the cards.

Japanese mare Deirdre ran a fine race to finish third, with the lightly-raced Fox Tal also emerging with credit in fourth. It is so special - every race. A mile and a half probably stretches her, although she has won over that a mile and a quarter is really her. They never hold a grudge and mentally they are unbelievable. As we have seen today she is so fresh and so fearless.

"Magical is the most unbelievable mare I have ever seen". Her triumph against males in the June 30 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (G1) came over good-to-soft ground, and on August 18 she prevailed over heavy going in the 1 1/4-mile Darley Prix Jean Romanet (G1).

"What can you say about her?" She is incredible. It looks like she is still progressing, which is unbelievable. We never ran against Enable, so we might see her. They have to decide whether they want to go to the Breeders' Cup or not, and that would be the next one if they decide they want to go.

A top-class renewal sees The Revenant (5/2) bid to make it seven wins on the bounce for Francis Graffard while last year's Dubai Turf victor Benbatl (13/2) holds leading claims for Saeed bin Suroor.

The order of running has been amended, with the Long Distance Cup now race two of six and the Fillies and Mares race three.

"It would be unbelievable if she stayed in training - she would only be delighted to!"

The daughter of Galileo won her ninth win in 21 starts over the one mile and two furlongs race.

O'Brien - remarkably winning the race for the first time - said: "She is just incredible, but she is classy as well".

"She's been in good form at home, but you can not tell how a horse will be until you get to the track and get stuck into them - that's when you find out how much is left in the tank".

"I was close to the pace in the Arc for most of the race and she just got exhausted in the closing stages".

Gosden's Irish Oaks heroine Star Catcher (13/8) heads the Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes with an O'Brien quartet led by Fleeting (7/1) in pursuit alongside Dermot Weld's Group Two victor Tarnawa (7/1).

Donnacha O'Brien, the trainer's son, will be aboard his father's main runners this afternoon as Ryan Moore, the stable jockey, seems to have drawn the short straw by heading to Australia to trail home last on Ten Sovereigns in the hugely valuable Everest a few hours ago.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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