Magical set for Irish Champion Stakes bid

Magical is put to direct Aidan O’Brien’s bid for an eighth victory in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes – together with star stablemate Japan likely to wait around for the Prix de Triomphe.
Week, having noticed the admirable Crystal Ocean in an pulsating renewal of the Juddmonte International at York last month, Japan is priced up since the favourite for the characteristic event in Ireland on Saturday.
Speaking at a press event on Wednesday in his lawn morning, O’Brien suggested he could head directly to Paris and Magical could line up over Irish Champions Weekend’s opening day as his main hope in the Dublin circuit.
The latter finished a hat-trick for its summer from the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May, because when she has chased dwelling Crystal Ocean at the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot along with her old foe Permit from the Coral-Eclipse along with the Yorkshire Oaks.
O’Brien stated:”The strategy for Magical was always to go to York, then go to the Irish Champion and if everything goes well then visit the Arc. We have been quite happy with her and she came that the race out .
“We knew we weren’t going to run her from Japan (in the Juddmonte International), therefore we knew we’re going to need to supplement her to your Yorkshire Oaks, and the next thing John (Gosden) is moving there with Permit.
“It isn’t definite that Japan won’t go to the Irish Champion, however it’s likely he will go directly to the Arc. We won’t eliminate the Champion, although I would be leaning to doing this a little somewhat.
“He’s only a three-year-old and also we do not need to over-tax him. He is progressing and we want to give him a chance to keep progressing.”
Whether Japan chooses his opportunity or not, Magical is not likely to be hope in the Irish Champion, together with Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia and Investec Derby hero Anthony Van Dyck also in the combination.
Magna Grecia hasn’t yet been seen since completing fifth when chasing the Guineas twice at the Curragh in late May, while Anthony Van Dyck could fall back in trip after completing down the field from the King George at Ascot – although O’Brien is also contemplating whether to await the Breeders’ Cup.
He said:”Magna Grecia is getting prepared to visit the Irish Champion and also we are extremely satisfied with him.
“The plan was to visit York, then the Irish Champion and return to a mile to get the QEII in Ascot, but he was not ready for York and could be prepared for the Irish Champion. We’re delighted with him and he has performed well.
“Anthony Van Dyck is in good order. He could run into the Champion, but he could go to the Breeders’ Cup Turf. That’s what we’ve needed in our minds for a little while for him – a mile and a half on rapid floor.
“His last series was a non-event since they probably went a bit fast and the floor was a bit soft.
“Hopefully he will stay in training (following year).”
O’Brien also affirmed his jolt this year, Irish Derby hero Sovereign won’t run again, but hopes to see him return in 2020.
Irish Derby sixth Broome has been prepared for the Arc.

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