Magical performance secures Fillies & Mares honours

    Lah Ti Dar has no answer to O’Brien runner
  • Saturday 20 October 2018
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Magical proved the pick of Aidan O’Brien’s six runners to win the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot, as hot favourite Lah Ti Dar fell short in the Group One showpiece.

Tenth when last seen in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe earlier this month, Magical (5-1) was happier back against her own sex and comfortably landed the spoils.

She was brought with a strong run early in the straight by Ryan Moore to head the John Gosden-trained favourite Lah Ti Dar over a furlong out.

The daughter of Galileo maintained the tempo to hold another Gosden runner, Coronet, by a length.

O’Brien said: “She ran a lovely race in the Arc, and we really fancied her for the Oaks last year – (but) she had a little setback and didn’t get to run.

“Wayne (Lordan) rode her in the Arc and he loved her. Wayne came in after the Arc and he was brilliant, he said there was no doubt this filly does get a mile and a half as that was her first time over a mile and a half and that is why we came back here.

“She was working lovely – and we’re really, really delighted.

“We were always going to take our time with her (in the race), and she had a lovely position and relaxed. So I couldn’t have been happier.

“That is her first Group One. We thought she might handle ease in the ground as she had form with ease in the ground as a two-year-old.

Asked about a trip to the Breeders’ Cup, the Ballydoyle trainer said: “It’s possible. Obviously, the lads will decide what they want to do – like they always do.

“We see how they come out of races, then we suggest a plan we think might suit – then the lads will make the decision themselves.

“She is very valuable and as she had an injury we want to make sure she is OK if she was to go to America.”

Gosden said: “Coronet ran a blinder. She was forced wide from the draw, but she got a clear run. Full marks to the winner, though.

“Lah Ti Dar ran a super race, but as you see by the size of her she is still rather unfurnished and is a work in progress. She is next year’s filly.

“She ran great and just showed a bit of weakness in this ground over the last furlong. They both run fabulous races.

“Coronet will go to the Lydia Tesio in Rome if she is in good order, that’s the plan. The other filly, we will just wait until next year until she is bigger and stronger.”

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