Magical lands QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown

Magical, on her way to victory in the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Credit: David Betts.

Magical (11/10f) lived up to her name by putting on a brilliant performance to win the Group 1 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes, the feature race on Day 1 of Longines Irish Champions Weekend.

The winning four-year-old daughter of Galileo who has been runner-up to wonder filly Enable in her last two contests at the highest level, and prior to that was also second to Crystal Ocean in a Group 1 at Ascot, deservedly got her head in front under Ryan Moore as she gave her trainer Aidan O’Brien an 8th victory in the 1m 2f contest.

The victor had two-and-a-quarter lengths to spare over her stable companion, 20/1 shot Magic Wand (Seámie Heffernan) with another Ballydoyle inmate, Anthony Van Dyck (12/1), the Investec Derby winner at Epsom in June, completing an Aidan O’Brien-Coolmore clean sweep.

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