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Flying The Flag Full Sister Adds Another Gr2 Win To Pedigree!

CURRAGH 6-5-19. MAGICAL and Ryan Moore winning easily for trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo Healy Racing.
CURRAGH 6-5-19.
MAGICAL and Ryan Moore winning easily for trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Photo Healy Racing.

Magical stamped her class on the Coolmore Highland Reel Irish EBF Gr2 Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh.

The daughter of Galileo and a full sister to Bush Hill Stud’s Flying The Flag, enjoyed a fine three-year-old campaign last season – claiming Group One honours on Champions Day at Ascot before giving dual Arc heroine Enable a run for her money in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

She proved her talent remains very much intact with a facile comeback victory in the Alleged Stakes at Naas last month and was a prohibitively-priced 2-9 favourite to follow up and provide Aidan O’Brien with an 11th triumph in the 10-furlong Group Two feature.

With stablemate Flag Of Honour giving her a lead, Magical travelled strongly in the hands of Ryan Moore before easing her way to the lead over a furlong out.


She never looked in danger of being caught and passed the post a length and a half clear, with Flag Of Honour giving connections a one-two.

The King and Latrobe were close behind in third and fourth respectively.

O’Brien said: “I’m delighted with her and we’re thinking of coming back here for the Tattersalls Gold Cup. She’s coming along lovely.”

Flying The Flag’s first crop of yearlings offered at a subdued National Yearling Sale competed well under the economic circumstances, snapped up by fine judges with his top Lots knocked down for R150 000 each.

Flying The Flag, who stamps his stock with good bone, quality and size, is a full brother to Rhododendron and Magical.

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