O’Brien’s Magician caps spectacular European raid at Breeders Cup
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Wise Dan, ridden by Jose Lezcano, surges to the finish line to win the mile during the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park last night. Photograph: Getty
A spectacular two days at the Breeders’ Cup for Europe was capped by two more winners for a night to remember for Ryan Moore.
The former champion jockey was at his brilliant best in landing the Filly & Mare Turf on Dank for his boss Sir Michael Stoute, and bettered even that effort when flying late to snatch the Turf on Aidan O’Brien’s aptly-named Magician, denying William Buick and The Fugue.
Moore was at his coolest as he sat towards the rear in the mile-and-a-half contest on the Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Magician, with Buick bowling along in mid-division on John Gosden’s The Fugue, enjoying an almost perfect passage aboard the Irish Champion Stakes heroine.
Buick appeared to have all bases covered when hitting the front from last year’s winner Little Mike, and although Moore began to weave his way through on Magician he had plenty of ground to make up.
O’Brien’s colt still looked to have it all to do approaching the business end, but Moore had timed it to perfection, arriving in the nick of time as the line loomed, getting up to win by half a length. Magician had not run since Royal Ascot, and
O’Brien was immediately on the telephone to Coolmore partner Michael Tabor, congratulating him for suggesting that the winner moved up to a mile and a half from a mile.
Winning the race for the fourth time, O’Brien said: “Ryan gave him a wonderful ride - a big ‘well done’ to everyone involved, and especially to the lads for letting me move him up to this trip.
“The week before Ascot he knocked a hind leg in the stable and the trainer had the great idea to put him in the spa. He’d almost gone through his full swim when a sparrow flew in the door and between his ears, which caused him to jump out and bruise both his front legs.
“I probably shouldn’t have run him at Ascot (St James’s Palace), it was one of those freak things, but when Camelot had a setback a couple of weeks ago we were able to reroute Magician to this race off his long break.
“The icing on the cake is that he is by Galileo, who is the most incredible stallion I shall ever have anything to do with. Hopefully he’ll come back next year.”
Moore, riding his fifth and sixth Breeders’ Cup winners, said of Magician: “I had him in a lovely rhythm, nice and relaxed and I think he must be one of the best horses I’ve ever ridden.