Magical wins QIPCO Champion Stakes for Aidan & Donnacha O’Brien

Magical (ridden by Donnacha O'Brien) gives Aidan O'Brien a first victory in the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Magical lived up to her name as she produced a smooth performance to justify even-money favouritism in the £1,358,750 Group 1 QIPCO Champion Stakes, the highlight of QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot.

Competing only 13 days after her fifth-placed finish Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp, the four-year-old daughter of Galileo, travelled powerfully throughout the 10-furlong contest and ran on strongly to score by three-quarters of a length, defeating the staying-on Addeybb (5/1).

Described by her trainer Aidan O’Brien as “the ultimate racehorse” Magical claimed her fourth Group 1 victory and took her career earnings over £3.36 million.

O’Brien, who was winning the QIPCO Champions Stakes for the first time, said:

“Magical is an unbelievable mare. From the start of her career as a two-year-old, every time she races, she turns out. 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 win, a second on the day for both Aidan O’Brien and his son Donnacha, means Magical has now won Group races each year of her career to date, including landing the 2018 Group 1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.

Her success at Ascot sees the Coolmore partnership of Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor win the British Champion Flat owner title for the first time.

The Japanese-trained Nassau Stakes winner Deirdre (10/1) could never quite get on terms with the principals in the QIPCO Champion Stakes, but there was no disgrace whatsoever in her three-length third behind Magical and Addeybb, who were both much better suited by the underfoot conditions.

 4:00pm QIPCO Champion Stakes (Group 1) 1m 2f

1 Magical (IRE) 4-9-02 Aidan O’Brien & Donnacha O’Brien (1/1f)
2 Addeybb (IRE) p 5-9-05 William Haggas & James Doyle 5/1
3 Deirdre (JPN) 5-9-02 Mitsuru Hashida & Oisín Murphy 10/1

Time:2m 08.42s
Distances: ¾, 2¼

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