Wand weaves her Magic for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien in Ribblesdale

Ballydoyle filly claims Group Two heat at Royal Ascot

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Magic Wand dominated her rivals in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Aidan O’Brien’s filly had beaten stablemate Forever Together in the Cheshire Oaks in May, but the tables were turned in the Investec Oaks at Epsom three weeks ago as Forever Together claimed Classic glory and Magic Wand finished only fourth.

Back on a sound surface, 100-30 chance Magic Wand proved an entirely different proposition in the hands of Ryan Moore, travelling strongly before powering clear in the home straight for an impressive four-length victory.

Epsom Oaks second Wild Illusion, the 9-4 favourite, had to make do with the runner-up spot once again with Sun Maiden third.

O’Brien said: “The ground went unusually soft at Epsom, but she came out of it very well and her work had been lovely since. Everyone had been happy with her.

“This filly might go to the Irish Oaks then York or something like that. Nothing is ever written in stone, but we did feel that the ground was a factor at Epsom.

“It doesn’t say that if she goes on it (soft ground) again, she won’t act on it. We were hoping, though, on good ground, she would be back to the filly we saw at Chester. She was very impressive at Chester.

“Athena (stablemate who finished fourth) ran a very good race. She is filly that will have plenty more to come. She is a filly that has taken a little time to organise herself. She is still not there yet, but she is coming.”

Wild Illusion’s trainer Charlie Appleby said: “You’re always pleased when you finish placed in a Group race with fillies. She’s run another creditable race again.

“Everyone’s going to ask about the ground and William (Buick) said she lowered into it. After Epsom, he thought she might be suited coming back in trip as she is such a good traveller.

“Going forward – we’ve been beaten here, we’ve been beaten in the Oaks, so we might be better off in mile-and-a-quarter races.

“I was thinking of going to France for a Group Two in August.

“I thought she looked fantastic in the paddock, but we had a 3lb penalty. I’m not taking that away from the winner. That wasn’t the undoing if us, because the winner has done it well.”

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Sun Maiden’s owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “It was a very solid performance.

“She has acquitted herself well. She’s still on a learning curve, she’ll come on a lot, I would hope, for that. I was pleased with her run.

“We have to think about, and look at, the various options first. We’re positive about her. It’s too early to say where next yet, but this was a good run, so we’ll have to see.”

Wand weaves her Magic for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien in Ribblesdale
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