Magician (Galileo) winning the Breeders' Cup Turf

Magician to Ashford after Breeders’ Cup

Defending Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Magician will retire to Ashford Stud after the Breeders’ Cup on Saturday. By Galileo out of six-furlong Listed winner Absolutelyfabulous, Magician broke his maiden by six lengths at the Curragh as a juvenile. He began the following season with a four-length romp in Chester’s Gr.3 Dee Stakes before dropping back to a mile for the Gr.1 Irish 2,000 Guineas which he won by a comfortable 3½ lengths. Then in his first attempt at the trip in the Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Turf off a 4½ -month layoff he produced a power-packed finish to deny The Fugue.

This season Magician recorded another success in the Gr.3 Mooresbridge Stakes along with three solid efforts at the highest level when filling the runner-up spot in the Gr.1 Tattersalls Gold Cup, Royal Ascot’s Gr.1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes and most recently the Gr.1 Arlington Million.

“Magician is a very, very good-looking horse who possesses a blistering turn of foot,” said Ashford’s Director of Sales Charlie O’Connor. “Along with Frankel he’s one of only three colts by Galileo to win a Classic over a mile so he’s a rare commodity.”


Magician pictured winning the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita