Magician set for Tattersalls Gold Cup following Mooresbridge success
May 5, 2014
Ballydoyle completed a short-priced double at the Curragh when Magician in the Group 3 High Chaparral European Breeders Fund Mooresbridge Stakes added to their gains earlier with The Great War.
The Irish 2000 Guineas and Breeders Cup Turf hero was ridden like the class horse that he is by Joseph O’Brien.
O’Brien took his time on the Galileo colt, at the back of the five runner field, and he always looked happy that the four-year-old would pick up when required through the last couple of furlongs.
Those with an investment in the 2/13 shot definitely had to sweat as Parish Hallmade Magician challenge wide. The high-profile Dubai Sheema Classic beaten favourite really hit top gear under hands and heels inside the last to go on and prevail by a snug neck from his aforementioned opponent.
Aidan O’Brien said: “He’s going to come back here for the Tattersalls Gold Cup now.
“He was away in Dubai and things didn’t go right for him and we gave him a little rest after that.
“He’s not gone right handed that much.
“He had a good tummy on him but he’s in a good place now and Joseph was very happy with him, saying that he won snug.
Dermot Weld completed a double in the “Guineas trials” at the Curragh this afternoon as Flying Jib took the Canford Cliffs EBF Athasi Stakes, adding to Alkasser’s victory earlier in the Tetrarch Stakes.
The daughter of Oasis Dream announced herself as a filly of some potential when landing a Listed race here over a mile last autumn, and connections were a bit concerned about the drop back to seven furlongs for this Group 3 event.
Kevin Manning, replacing the suspended Pat Smullen, gave the uneasy 2/1 favourite a strong drive inside the final furlong, getting up in the closing stages.
The Khalid Abdullah home-bred had half a length to spare over Peace Burg at the line, with Wannabe Better another length and a half back in third.
Weld said, “Kevin rode a double for me a number of years ago at Leopardstown when Pat was away in Australia. He gave her a very positive ride, and the filly responded.
“We’ll have to consider her for the Irish 1,000 Guineas. She won a Listed race well here last year, and I think she’ll appreciate a mile.
“My one concern today was that it would be a furlong too short for her but she battled well
Alkasser was shaping well from some way out in the Listed seven furlong Power European Breeders Fund Tetrarch Stakes and the son of Shamardal went on to provide his rider Leigh Roche with a big win.
With stable jockey Pat Smullen suspended, the Dermot Weld runners continue in sparkling form and with the loose Gold Peregrine (unseated Fran Berry at the start) to guide him, impressive Cork maiden winner Alkasser picked up Focus On Venice to score by three parts of a length.
Weld stated: “That was a good confident ride by Leigh. I told him to do exactly the same as he did on Tested at Gowran Park yesterday.
“He rode him with extreme confidence and delivered the goods.
“I’ll speak to Sheikh Hamdan (Al Maktoum, winning owner) and Angus Gold (racing manager) and it’s quite possible that he could run in the Irish 2000 Guineas.
“I was concerned today as to whether he’d get seven furlongs but he got it well. Whether he’ll get a mile is another thing.”