Magic Lily Goes Two Straight In Balanchine


Magic Lily | DRC/Erika Rasmussen

Magic Lily (GB) (New Approach {Ire}) continued to make up for lost time when backing up her victory in the Jan. 16 G2 Cape Verdi with a one-length score in Thursday’s G2 Balanchine S. at Meydan. An eight-length debut winner at two and third in the G1 Fillies’ Mile, Magic Lily had high hopes riding on her shoulders heading into her 3-year-old campaign in 2018 but an injury kept her on the shelf for two years. Back in action last October, Magic Lily was second in listed company in France and sixth in Lingfield’s Listed Gillies Fillies’ S. over the all-weather to wrap up that abbreviated campaign. She was a short-head best when returning to the grass in the one-mile Cape Verdi.

Bouncing out of the barriers on Thursday, Magic Lily and William Buick took cover just off the rail and about a length and a half off the lead. Sliding out into the three path rounding the bend, Magic Lily loomed large in third turning for home and was rolling down the middle of the track by the time they hit the quarter pole. The front-running Maamora (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) was game on the rail and managed to hold Magic Lily at bay until the final furlong, but the chestnut at last overtook her as Nisreen (Ire) (Raven’s Pass), who was also runner-up in the Cape Verdi, made headway on her outside.

“What I liked about her this evening is she seems to be growing up,” trainer Charlie Appleby said. “She only had four runs in her career before coming to Meydan. She’s behaved herself and got into a lovely rhythm and I was always confident going into the straight that she would hit the line strong. Stepping up in trip, we were always confident. It wasn’t our intention to win the Cape Verdi because the mile was a bit sharp for her, but [she won] and we were confident coming into today.

“Perhaps we could fall into something like the [G1] Jebel Hatta [on Super Saturday Mar. 7]. We have Barney Roy and a couple others and one other meeting to have a look at it. We will appreciate this evening and look forward to the future with her.”

Pedigree Notes

Magic Lily is the second foal out of the G1 Investec Oaks and G1 Preis der Diana victress Dancing Rain (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), who cost Godolphin 4-million gns at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale in 2013. Dancing Rain’s third foal is Jalmoud (GB) (New Approach {Ire}), winner of France’s Listed Prix de l’Avre last year and placed in the G2 Prix Eugene Adam and G1 Grand Prix de Paris, while her 3-year-old filly Sakura Petal (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) is unraced. She produced a colt by Galileo (Ire) last year. The pedigree, already an excellent one, has improved markedly since Godolphin bought Dancing Rain, with the champion 2-year-old filly Maybe (Ire) (Galileo {Ire})–out of Dancing Rain’s three-quarter sister Sumora (Ire) (Danehill)–having produced the G1 2000 Guineas and G1 Racing Post Trophy winner Saxon Warrior (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}). The Group 1 Derby, Dewhurst and Champion S. winner Dr Devious (Ire) (Ahonoora {GB}) appears under the third dam.

Thursday, Meydan, Dubai
BALANCHINE SPONSORED BY GULF NEWS-G2, $250,000, Meydan, 2-13, NH4yo/up & SH 3yo/up, f/m, 9fT, 1:47.65, gd.
1–MAGIC LILY (GB), 129, m, 5, by New Approach (Ire)
1st Dam: Dancing Rain (Ire) (Hwt. 3yo Filly-Eng at
11-14f & 9.5 to 11f, G1SW-Eng & Ger,
$932,081) by Danehill Dancer (Ire)
2nd Dam: Rain Flower (Ire), by Indian Ridge (Ire)
3rd Dam: Rose of Jericho, by Alleged
O/B-Godolphin (GB); T-Charlie Appleby; J-William Buick.
$150,000. Lifetime Record: 6-3-1-1, $398,582. *Full to
Jalmoud (GB), SW & G1SP-Fr, $140,620. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick Rating: A+++
*Triple Plus*.
2–Nisreen (Ire), 126, m, 6, Raven’s Pass–Badweia, by
Kingmambo. (32,000gns HRA ’17 TATJUL). O-Team Valor
International; B-Shadwell Estate Company Limited (IRE);
T-Hiroo Shimizu. $50,000.
3–Maamora (Ire), 126, f, 4, Dubawi (Ire)–Zoowraa (GB) by
Azamour (Ire). O-Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum;
B-Godolphin (IRE); T-Simon Crisford . $25,000.
Margins: 1 1/4, NK, 3/4.
Also Ran: Surrounding (Ire), Hateya (Ire), Divine Image, Peri Lina (Tur), Dubai Blue. Click for the Racing Post result. Click for the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO.


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