The faith in Magic Wand was finally rewarded in the Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes as she scored her first Group 1 in her 16th attempt.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained four-year-old arrived in Australia with six Group 1 seconds but returns to Ireland with that all-important breakthrough victory and will reportedly stay in training next year.
Magic Wand returned to Flemington just four days after running tenth in the Melbourne Cup against males and took her Group 1 contest under Ryan Moore.
Jockey Ryan Moore said:
“She’s a fabulous filly and been in top company all her life. She ran a great race in the Cox Plate then it went against her in the Melbourne Cup, but to back up a few days later to win here is great. She showed her best quality and it’s very typical of her stallion Galileo as his progeny are very genuine and hard to beat. She needs fast ground and had terrible luck with the rain following her. Everything was right for her today.”
It was the 11th Group 1 winner and 37th overall for sire Galileo in 2019.