Magical Irish Champion Stakes

Outstanding Mare Magical Retires To Join Coolmore Broodmare Band

Brilliant seven-time Group 1 winner Magical (Galileo) has been retired and will join the broodmare band at Coolmore Stud, with mating plans yet to be decided.

In September, the Aidan O’Brien-trained mare became the second dual winner of the Irish Champion Stakes and was last seen finishing a close third in the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup. She retires with an impressive record of 12 wins and 10 placings from 28 starts; her achievements earning connections over £4.8million in prize money.

“Her mum (Halfway To Heaven) was a queen, she was a queen and she was by Galileo, so I suppose you could call him the king,” O’Brien said of his stable star, adding, “It would be exciting to train her offspring.”

On the highlight of Magical’s illustrious career, he said, “The days that stand out are the Champion Stakes. She was amazing, she always turned up. She was tough, she was consistent and had a super mind and was very sound.”

Magical is one of two Group 1 winners bred by Coolmore out of top-class race mare Halfway To Heaven, herself a daughter of King’s Stand Stakes heroine Cassandra Go.