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Wednesday 26 September 2018

Moore doubles up with Magician win

Ryan Moore atop Magician. Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images
Ryan Moore atop Magician. Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

A SPECTACULAR two days at the Breeders' Cup for Europe was capped by two more winners on a Saturday night to remember for Ryan Moore.

The former champion jockey was at his brilliant best in landing the Filly & Mare Turf on Dank for his boss Michael Stoute, and bettered even that effort when flying late to snatch the Turf on Aidan O'Brien's aptly-named Magician, denying William Buick and The Fugue.

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 Magician, with Buick bowling along in mid-division on John Gosden's The Fugue, enjoying an almost perfect passage aboard the Irish Champion Stakes heroine.

 

PERFECTION

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.

Winning the race for the fourth time, O'Brien said: "Ryan gave him a wonderful ride – a big 'well done' to everyone involved, and especially to the lads for letting me move him up to this trip.

"The icing on the cake is that he is by Galileo, who is the most incredible stallion I'll ever have anything to do with.

"Hopefully he'll come back next year."

Mucho Macho Man, trained by Katherine Ritvo and ridden by Gary Stevens, won the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

In a pulsating renewal of America's richest race, O'Brien's Declaration Of War ran a huge race to be a close third in a virtual blanket finish, with Will Take Charge just denied in second as Mucho Macho Man hung on to give 50-year-old Stevens a first win in the Classic.

O'Brien said of Declaration Of War, who will now be retired: "It was a fantastic run, and it just goes to show how tough it is in the Classic. All credit to the lads for sending him over here.

"He jumped well. Joseph got a good position on the turn and he fought all the way to the line at the end. It was an incredible run and we are delighted. I thought Joseph did everything perfectly, it was a copybook ride really and the horse still kept coming and coming at the end."

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