Magic Wand (Ire)

Dubawi's Philomene All Class In the Penelope

There was every reason to believe that a genuine future star of the 2021 Classic season was on display at Saint-Cloud on Tuesday as Godolphin, Ecurie des Monceaux and Ecurie Skymarc Farm's Philomene (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) made light work of the G3 Prix Penelope over the 10 1/2-furlong Prix de Diane distance. Off the mark by a short neck from the subsequent G1 Prix Marcel Boussac runner-up Tasmania (Fr) (Zoffany {Ire}) in a debutantes contest over a mile at ParisLongchamp in September, the Andre Fabre-trained half-sister to the G1 Irish...

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G1SW Magic Wand Retired After Foot Abscess Rules Out Australian Start

Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}-Prudenzia {Ire}, by Dansili {GB}), a winner of the 2019 G1 Mackinnon S., has been retired from racing and will join Coolmore Stud's broodmare band in Ireland next year, Coolmore Australia tweeted on Thursday morning. The 5-year-old was due to defend her title in the Mackinnon S., but was withdrawn with a foot abscess prior to the race. "Following a foot abscess as she was preparing for a second tilt at the Mackinnon S., Magic Wand has been retired and will join our broodmare band in...

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Magnificent Seven To Relish On Sunday

As if Saturday's action did not sate to the full, it is time to gorge while you can on Sunday with another seven top-level contests across Ireland, France and Germany. First up on the schedule is the delayed G1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris for the 3-year-old Arc aspirants, which affords the opportunity to welcome back the shock G1 Epsom Derby hero Serpentine (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) for the first time since his authoritative success in the July 4 blue riband. It will be fascinating to see how he copes with...

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Arqana August Topper Off the Mark First Time at ParisLongchamp

ParisLongchamp's card on Thursday played host to a significant debutante as Godolphin, Ecurie des Monceaux and Ecurie Skymarc Farm's Philomene (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) struck at the first time of asking in the Prix de la Cascade over a mile. The €1.625million Arqana Deauville August Yearling Sale topper is out of Prudenzia (Ire) (Dansili {GB}), which makes her a half-sister to the luminaries Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Chicquita (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}). 3rd-ParisLongchamp, €22,000, Debutantes, 9-3, 2yo, f, 8fT, 1:43.10, g/s. PHILOMENE (IRE) (f, 2, Dubawi {Ire}--Prudenzia {Ire} {SW-Fr}, by...

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Max of Eight Contest King George as Enable Eyes Hat Trick

Prince Khalid Abdullah's champion mare Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) is bidding to become the first horse to take three editions of the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S., as she is one of eight to stand their ground at the latest entry stage. She sustained only her second career loss with a 1 3/4 second when going for a three-peat in the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp in October and was the bridesmaid once again kicking off her 6-year-old campaign in Sandown's G1 Coral-Eclipse S....

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Enable Faces Six In Eclipse Return

Racing's star mare Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) will make her keenly-anticipated 6-year-old debut against six rivals in Sunday's G1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. Her G1 Prince of Wales's S.-winning stablemate Lord North (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) was not declared by John Gosden, but the field is still strong with Godolphin's impressive G1 Coronation Cup hero Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) and Ballydoyle's G1 Juddmonte International winner Japan (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) engaged, with the latter set to carry the colours of his part-owner Masaaki Matsushima. Restricted this year as a 4-year-olds and up race,...

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Albigna Poised For Guineas Assignment

Jessie Harrington has begun the season with a flourish and all the stars could be aligned for Albigna (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) to provide a first Classic success in Saturday's G1 Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas at The Curragh. The Niarchos family's homebred has stronger claims at this stage of her career than the 2018 heroine Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}), having won the six-furlong G2 Airlie Stud S. here in June and G1 Prix Marcel Boussac at ParisLongchamp in October before finishing fourth in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf....

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Mooresbridge Shaping Up Strong

The G2 Mooresbridge S. at The Curragh on June 13 is shaping up as an exciting contest pitting many of the season's most anticipated older horses against one another. Among the entries for the 10-furlong contest are last year's leading middle-distance 3-year-olds Japan (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) and Anthony Van Dyck (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), last year's G1 Irish St Leger winner Search For A Song (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the 2018 G1 Irish Derby victor Latrobe (Ire) (Camelot {GB}), globetrotting Group 1 winner Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and the high-class Madhmoon...

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Strong Euro Challenge On Saudi Cup Card

The venue may be largely unfamiliar on the world stage but many of the runners lining up at King Abdulaziz racecourse in Riyadh on Saturday afternoon are well known across the world of racing and they include, of course, a strong challenge from Europe. The main event, the $20-million Saudi Cup over nine furlongs on the dirt, has attracted a highly competitive American contingent, including Maximum Security (New Year's Day) and Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute), and they will be taking on two seasoned campaigners from Europe headed by the well...

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66 International Runners Line Up for Saudi Cup Meeting

The inaugural $29.2-million Saudi Cup card at King Abdulaziz Racecourse on Feb. 29 drew 66 runners from overseas, including 21 Group/Grade 1 winners, HRH Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal, Chairman of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, announced on Wednesday. The full list of runners for the eight-race Saturday card have won a combined 32 top-level races. Some of the big names in the $20-million Saudi Cup include:  recent GI Pegasus World Cup winner Mucho Gusto (Mucho Macho Man) who squares off with Bob Baffert stablemate and MGISW McKinzie...

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Magic Wand Entered For Hong Kong Gold Cup

Ballydoyle's globetrotting filly Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and stablemate Mount Everest (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) have been given entries in the G1 Hong Kong Gold Cup going 2000 metres at Sha Tin on Feb. 16. They are two of just three international entries, with Sacred Capital (NZ) (O'Reilly {NZ}) from Macau also engaged. Magic Wand, who at last got her Group 1 in the Mackinnon S. in Australia in November, was a short-head second in the G1 Hong Kong Cup in December over the Gold Cup course and distance, and...

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Magic Wand Camp Leaning Toward Pegasus World Cup Turf

2019 GI Pegasus World Cup Turf bridesmaid Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire})'s connections are leaning toward a start in the $1-million 1 3/16-mile GI Pegasus World Cup Turf at Gulfstream Park Jan. 25, Horse Racing Ireland announced on Tuesday. The Coolmore partners' bay 5-year-old also carries an entry in the $3-million 1 1/8-mile GI Pegasus World Cup over the Hallandale main track, but her connections recently purchased a half-share in MGI1SW Maximum Security (New Year's Day) who was invited for the dirt race. It was later revealed that Maximum Security...

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