Magic Wand to visit Justify in the Hunter Valley as broodmare career begins
Decorated traveller was retired in build-up to Cox Plate
Elite globetrotter Magic Wand is to be covered in Australia by Justify as she joins the Coolmore broodmare band.
The logical decision has been made as the five-year-old has been in the country recuperating from a foot abscess which signalled the end of a distinguished racing career.
A four-time winner of £3,705,970 in prize-money, Magic Wand's biggest victory to date had been in last year's Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington and she had returned to Australia to resume her international travels in the Cox Plate.
A daughter of Galileo and three-parts sister to Irish Oaks winner Chicquita, Magic Wand would have been given an upmarket cover by her owners in any event but as it happens, the US Triple Crown winner Justify has shuttled to Coolmore Australia's premises in the Hunter Valley.
Bred by a partnership between Ecurie Des Monceaux and Skymarc Farm, Magic Wand was bought by a Coolmore partnership for €1,400,000 as a yearling at Arqana.
Her dam Prudenzia's progeny have naturally been in great demand and MV Magnier snapped up the most recent to come to market, a full-brother, for €2,000,000, only a few weeks ago.
Godolphin bought Magic Wand's Dubawi half-sister for €1,625,000 last year with Philomene recently making a winning debut for Andre Fabre at Longchamp.