Magical moved out of Enable's shadow after claiming victory in Saturday's Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.
Aidan O'Brien's admirable filly has spent much of her career playing second fiddle to John Gosden's star, most recently finishing second to her in last month's Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York.
However, with Enable not in the frame, Magical was able to conjure up her third Group One victory in Saturday's showpiece at Leopardstown, seeing off the challenge of two other O'Brien contenders in Magic Wand and Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck.
O'Brien was certainly pleased with the four-year-old's performance and he also praised the efforts of jockey Ryan Moore.
"We knew she was going to be in real good shape for today and I couldn't have been happier with her," the Irish trainer said.
"She's a lovely filly. We know she gets the mile and a half and handles an ease in the ground, she was back to a mile and a quarter today on fast ground and Ryan gave her a lovely, uncomplicated ride."
Next up for Magical will be next month's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe where she will once again lock horns with Enable, who will be bidding to win the race for the third year running.
Article Posted on Saturday 14th September 2019 @ 21.31
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