Saturday 18 November 2017

Aidan O’Brien strikes gold in Breeders cup

Jockey Ryan Moore rides Magician to victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf horse race at Santa Anita Park Saturday
Jockey Ryan Moore rides Magician to victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf horse race at Santa Anita Park Saturday
Jockey Ryan Moore celebrates after Magician won the Breeders' Cup Turf horse race at Santa Anita Park Saturday
Trainer Aidan O'Brien

Fergus McDonnell

AIDAN O’BRIEN struck gold in the Breeders Cup Turf last night when Magician rocketed to a sensational victory at Santa Anita.

Ryan Moore’s mount flew home to snatch victory from The Fugue in the shadow of the post and collect the winners’ cheque of $1,144,200.

Moore was at his coolest as he sat towards the rear in the mile-and-a-half contest on the Irish 2,000 Guineas winner, with William Buick bowling along in mid-division on John Gosden's The Fugue, enjoying a perfect passage aboard the Irish Champion Stakes heroine.

Buick appeared to have all bases covered when hitting the front from last year's winner Little Mike, and although Moore began to weave his way through on Magician he had plenty of ground to make up.

O'Brien's colt still looked to have it all to do approaching the business end, but Moore had timed it to perfection, arriving in the nick of time as the line loomed, getting up to win by half a length.

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