|Tuesday 29th October 2019
No Magical Ending for O'Brien
There will be no last hurrah at the Breeder's Cup for the Aidan O’Brien-trained Magical, after the four-year-old filly was ruled out when found to be spiking a high temperature, before leaving for the United States.
#Breaking - Aidan O'Brien has confirmed star filly Magical will miss this weekend's @BreedersCup after spiking a temperature and will now be retired from racing. O'Brien said: " She’s been an unbelievable mare, something you’d never dream of." pic.twitter.com/xIs4Kem5bi— PA Racing (@PAracing) October 28, 2019
O’Brien described her as the “ultimate racehorse” after she won the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 19 and the plan was to send the daughter of Galileo cross the Atlantic to contest the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita on November 2.
The boys at Ballydoyle may now have to turn their attention to online casino ireland now that their cash cow is heading off to stud.
“Fifteen minutes after she had done her work this morning, her temperature was slightly raised, O’Brien said.
"She was due to go at 9.30am and her temperature was taken at 9.15am.
“We didn’t want to travel her because when she goes over there, she’d have to go into quarantine. If she did develop anything travelling over, then that would have locked up quarantine.
“We didn’t want to risk her, especially after a long season and on a long journey. Before they travel we always want their temperatures to be 100 percent.”
After winning nine of her twenty-one races and earning over £3.3million in win and place prize-money, Magical will resist the temptation to play slot machines in retirement and is instead due to be covered by Coolmore stallion No Nay Never in 2020.
O’Brien added: “The plan is for her to go to No Nay Never. She’s been an unbelievable mare, something you’d never dream of.
“She ran in top class races at two, three and four and showed that she was better than ever towards the end.
“To win an Irish Champion Stakes, then run in the Arc and come back to win the English Champion Stakes is unprecedented.
“Horses have won both before, but I don’t think they have done it and run in the Arc in between.”
Magical's haul of Group One successes could have been greater and punters would not have turned to gmblsites.com had she not been living in the shadow of the wonder horse that is Enable. John Gosden's mare beat the Ballydoyle superstar into second place in the Breeders' Cup Turf, Coral-Eclipse and the Yorkshire Oaks.
Her battling victory in the G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes saw the supremely consistent four-year-old increase her points advantage in both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Older Horse categories for this year's Cartier Racing Awards.