Retirement in doubt? Champion Stakes winner Magical could race on


Trainer Aidan O'Brien confirms the five-year-old is under consideration for another campaign

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
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Magical - seen here winning the Qipco Champion Stakes in October - could be set for an extension to her racing career


Champion Stakes winner Magical could be set for a surprise extension to her racing career, with Aidan O'Brien confirming the four-time Group 1 winner might race on this year, writes Tony O'Hehir.

O'Brien had initially indicated Magical was to be retired in October when the four-year-old was unable to run at the Breeders' Cup after spiking a temperature before her departure to the US.

The daughter of Galileo then seemed set for another long journey when her name appeared as having been selected for the Longines Hong Kong Cup in a Hong Kong Jockey Club press bulletin in November, although it was understood at the time there had been no change of plan for the five-year-old, with a covering date with No Nay Never top of her agenda.  

However, in another twist to the storied career of the Coolmore mare, O'Brien confirmed she was still at Ballydoyle on Wednesday and under consideration for another campaign.

"Magical is still with us in Ballydoyle," he said. "She has done very well physically over the winter and the lads [the Coolmore partners] are considering letting her race on this year.

"She is due to be covered by No Nay Never and a decision about the coming season will be made in the near future."

Magical has won nine of her 21 races, earning £3,366,313 in prize-money. Her career has intertwined significantly with Enable, whom she has finished second to on three occasions.

She starred at the top level last year when winning the Tattersalls Gold Cup, Irish Champion Stakes and the Champion Stakes at Ascot on her last start.

The first of her four Group 1 successes came on Champions Day at Ascot in 2018 when she landed the Fillies & Mares Stakes.

She has done very well physically over the winter and the lads [the Coolmore partners] are considering letting her race on this year.

- Aidan O'Brien

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