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Magical casts a spell at Ascot

Aidan O'Brien saddled six in the £600,000 G1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes and it was 5/1 shot Magical who provided the trainer, Ryan Moore and Coolmore with back-to-back victories in the 12-furlong event with a smooth success.

The three-year-old daughter of Galileo travelled stylishly into contention in the home straight and quickened up smartly under Moore to score by a length in the G1 event from the John Gosden-trained Coronet, who stayed on well to finish second, three-quarters of a length in front of her stable companion, the well-backed Evens favourite Lah Ti Dar, back in third.

O'Brien landed the 2017 renewal with Hydrangea, who finished fifth in this year's contest and he was delighted to record another success in the 12-furlong contest.

The master of Ballydoyle said: "We're really delighted with Magical.

"We were always going to take our time on her. She had a lovely position and relaxed lovely, so we couldn't have been happier.

"We thought she was going to be a real contender for the Investec Oaks at one stage, but suffered an injury beforehand.

"We thought she would handle ease in the ground as she had form on a softer surface as a two-year-old so we are really delighted with her.

"She ran well in the Arc and she was only just coming back to full fitness in that race. Wayne Lordan rode her in that race and he said there was no doubt that she does stay a mile and a half as that was her first time over the trip.

"She's had an injury already this year and she would have to be 100% if she went to America (for the Breeders' Cup).

"We'll see how she comes out of this and the lads [owners John Magnier, Derrick Smith & Michael Tabor] like they always do will see how she is and then think about what race might suit her.

"The horses are running great. It's a great meeting, it's great to be here and it's great to have horses able to run here so we feel very privileged."

Paddy Power make Magical a 5/1 shot from 10/1 for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mares Turf.

Moore said: "We always thought Magical was top-class. She didn't quite manage to win a G1 at two and then things have not gone to plan for her this year, but she ran a real good race in the Arc and Wayne [Lordan, who rode her at Longchamp] was very happy with her.

"We thought she would be a mile and a half filly and the Arc showed that she gets the trip. Today was very smooth the whole way and she had a lovely run round."

2:40pm £600,000 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mare Stakes (Group 1) 1m 4f

1 (6) Magical (IRE) Aidan O'Brien, Ireland 8st 13lb Ryan Moore 5/1

2 (8) Coronet John Gosden 9st 5lb Olivier Peslier 6/1

3 (10) Lah Ti Dar John Gosden 8st 13lb Frankie Dettori Evens Fav

4 (5) Kitesurf A. Fabre, France 9st 5lb Mickael Barzalona 8/1                    

5 (7) Hydrangea (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Aidan O'Brien, Ireland 9st 5lb Donnacha O'Brien 11/1

6 (2) God Given Luca Cumani 9st 5lb Jamie Spencer 20/1

7 (11) Broadway (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Aidan O'Brien, Ireland 8st 13lb James Doyle 25/1

8 (3) Pilaster Roger Varian 8st 13lb David Egan 16/1

9 (4) Sizzling (IRE) Aidan O'Brien, Ireland 8st 13lb William Buick 66/1

10 (9) Flattering (IRE) (Blinkers) Aidan O'Brien, Ireland 8st 13lb Oisin Murphy 50/1

11 (1) Bye Bye Baby (IRE) Aidan O'Brien, Ireland 8st 13lb Wayne Lordan 40/1

11 ran

Winner owned by Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Breeding: 3 b c Galileo (IRE) - Halfway To Heaven (IRE) (Pivotal)

Bet With Ascot - Win £5.80; Places £1.70, £1.80, £1.10 First Two: £35.50                  

Distances: 1, ¾, 3½, 5, hd, nse, 1¼, ¾, 3, 7

Time: 2m 33.28s

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