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Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

O'Brien aims to cast a spell on Irish Oaks as Magic Wand heads Classic trio

Magic Wand: Irish Oaks fancy impressed at Royal Ascot
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Aidan O'Brien's bid for a sixth Irish Oaks will chiefly rest with Magic Wand and Forever Together in the Darley-sponsored Classic at the Curragh on Saturday.

O'Brien, who has not declared the well-regarded September, also runs Bye Bye Baby, but bookmakers rate his impressive Ribblesdale winner Magic Wand as his main hope, Paddy Power making her their 11-8 favourite from Newmarket raider Sea Of Class, who is 15-8.

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Forever Together, the mount of O'Brien's son Donnacha with Ryan Moore riding Magic Wand and Seamie Heffernan on Bye Bye Baby, is aiming for an Oaks-Irish Oaks double and can be backed at 4-1.

Outsiders Mary Tudor, Romiyna and Tissiak complete the seven-strong field. 

Declarations also came through on Thursday for the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury on Saturday and trainer John Quinn had a curveball for backers of ante-post favourite Signora Cabello by revealing his Queen Mary winner would head to France for Sunday's Group 2 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte instead.

He said: "Down the line after racing she's going to be bred from and she's got a very nice pedigree. She's a Queen Mary winner and we just decided that this was the route we'd follow, the Group route."

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Signora Cabello was 7-2 with bet365 for the Newbury prize and Quinn, speaking to At The Races, added: "We feel she could be suited better by six furlongs, but she's not devoid of speed, so five and a half furlongs [on Sunday] holds no fears at all; she might be a bit more comfortable over it.

"We're very happy with her, so that's where we're heading. All she's done is improve and she has a very good temperament. She's in good fettle."

Super Sprint runners and riders

Queen Of Bermuda was also prominent in the Super Sprint betting, but does not run either.

Little Kim, Kinks and Tin Hat do line up, however.

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