Monday 21 October 2019

O'Brien hoping for Guineas magic

Aidan O'Brien
Aidan O'Brien

Nick Robson

Aidan O'Brien feels Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas favourite Magician will have no problem dropping back down to a mile for the Classic at the Curragh tomorrow.

He won just one of his four outings as a juvenile but looked a different proposition when storming to victory in the Dee Stakes at Chester.

While that form is hardly top-class, it made a favourable impression on many and he was even under consideration for the Investec Derby and the French equivalent.

However, O'Brien feels his pedigree suggests a mile may be his best trip.

"Magician had the three options, the Irish Guineas, the Derby and the French Derby," said the Ballydoyle maestro.

"He's a Galileo with a very fast pedigree.

"He showed he got a mile and a quarter well at Chester, whether he'd get a mile and a half I'm not absolutely sure, but Chester's a sharp, fast track and he looked like he wouldn't have a problem dropping back to a mile."

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