Aidan O’Brien is still leaning towards a start in the Nov. 2 Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1T) for Magical following her tenacious triumph in the Oct. 19 QIPCO Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance, G1) at Ascot.
Her stablemate Anthony Van Dyck is set to run in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1T), a race O’Brien has won six times previously including with back-to-back runnings with High Chaparral in 2002 and 2003.
O’ Brien had this to say:
“Magical will be entered in the Turf, along with Anthony Van Dyck, but she is more likely to run in the Filly & Mare Turf in which Fleeting, who didn’t have the clearest of runs at Ascot on Saturday, is also an intended runner,”
O’Brien is still seeking his first win in the Filly & Mare Turf.
The trainer confirmed that Circus Maximus, the St. James’s Palace Stakes (G1) and Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (G1) winner, will try to give him his first victory in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1T).
“Circus Maximus is an intended runner in the Mile. We’ve been happy with him since his win at Longchamp.”
Arizona and Wichita, second and third respectively behind highly regarded Pinatubo in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes (G1), and Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) winner Royal Dornoch, are possible for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf presented by Coolmore America (G1T) with Curragh listed winner Tango likely for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T).
Fairyland, winner of the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes (G1) at the Curragh last month, is being aimed at the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1T).
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