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Magic Wand Wins Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes

Monday, 11th November 2019

J: Ryan Moore
T: A O'Brien
W: 57 kgs
S: Galileo
D: Prudenzia
J: O P Bosson
T: J W Richards
W: 57 kgs
S: Commands
D: Meleka Belle
J: J Bowman
T: James Cummings
W: 59 kgs
S: Authorized
D: Debonnaire
J: N Rawiller
T: C J Waller
W: 59 kgs
S: Thewayyouare
D: Dont Cross Tina

  • Track: Flemington
  • Race: $2,000,000 Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m)
  • Winner: 5YO mare Magic Wand (Galileo-Prudenzia, by Dansili)
  • Placings: 5YO mare Melody Belle & 9YO gelding Hartnell
  • Winning Sire: Galileo (Sadler’s Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki)
  • Stud Farm: Coolmore Stud
  • Trainer: Aidan O'Brien
  • Jockey: Ryan Moore
  • Race record: 3 wins and 9 placings from 21 starts for $4,748,856 in earnings
  • Sales Info: €1.4 million yearling at the 2016 Arqana August Sale
  • Vendor: Ecurie des Monceaux

At Flemington in Melbourne, Champion Coolmore stalwart Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) added yet another Gr1 win to his mountainous sire haul when well-travelled 5YO mare Magic Wand (Galileo-Prudenzia, by Dansili) took up a lovely trailing position third in the run and maintained a strong gallop over the final two furlongs to claim the $2,000,000 Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m). Perhaps getting a little too far out of her ground, Champion NZ mare and pre-race favourite Melody Belle charged late in characteristic style but was denied by 1-length at the post with Godolphin warrior Hartnell bidding farewell to his racing career with another heady run to finish 0.1-length further away. Magic Wand's performance was particularly notable given she backed-up from Tuesday's Gr1 Melbourne Cup. Victory in the Mackinnon saw the valuable mare add further to a resume which includes 3 wins (including the Gr2 Ribblesdale & Listed Cheshire Oaks) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 Irish Champion, Gr1 Arlington Million, Gr1 Pretty Polly, Listed Wolferton, Gr1 Man O' War, Gr1 World Cup Invitational, Gr1 L'Opera & Gr1 Prix Vermeille) for $4,748,856 in earnings. Jockey Ryan Moore commented post race, "She's a wonderful mare and she's been very unfortunate not to win at Gr1 before today." He added, "She's just a very courageous, very tough, high-class mare who deserves her day today." Magic Wand now joins her Montjeu half-sister Chicquita as a Gr1 winner.

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