Heavy ground hampers Magical Lagoon's Japanese mission

Shane Foley said the rain 'took the chance away'

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Magical Lagoon couldn't take her domestic form on to the international stage on this occasion

Shane Foley rued the wet conditions which hampered Magical Lagoon’s tilt at Japanese glory in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, writes Paul Martin.

Jessica Harrington’s Irish Oaks winner was the first British or Irish-trained runner in the Hinshan contest since 2011 and was well set in second during the early stages.

But the heavy going proved not to the travelling filly’s liking and her challenge faded, Magical Lagoon eventually coming in 18th.

“We were able to race in good position but she likes quick ground and the rain, unfortunately, took her chance away,” Foley said.

“I urged her to go from the third corner but she didn’t respond. I don’t know why she didn’t want to go into the gate because she’s usually really good.”

The race was won by Geraldina, who captured her first Grade 1 win and held off Win Marilyn to come home by almost two lengths.

Harrington’s focus switches back to domestic action, with three runners at Navan on Sunday, while she will now mull over next steps for Magical Lagoon.

She likes quick ground and the rain, unfortunately, took her chance away

- Shane Foley

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