'She has been a wonderful mare' - globetrotter Magic Wand retired to stud
Group 1-winning globetrotter Magic Wand has been retired after a foot abscess ruled her out of running at the spring carnival in Melbourne.
Winner of the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes in Australia last year, Magic Wand was a late withdrawal from the Cox Plate last weekend and attempts to drain the abscess have proven unsuccessful since.
TJ Comerford, travelling foreman for trainer Aidan O’Brien, told racing.com: "She got a foot abscess and it's one of those we can't get at. We're trying to draw it out but it doesn't seem to want to release and we think it’s going to burst out of the coronary band. It's just bad luck.
“She's going to be retired and go to stud. She's a very good filly. She's been everywhere and has always been a very good mare.”
A €1.4 million yearling purchase by the Coolmore partners, Magic Wand was a regular in major international races having contested prizes in America, Australia, France, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia as well as in Britain and Ireland.
Her finest moment came when winning the Mackinnon Stakes under Ryan Moore last year, just four days after finishing tenth in the Melbourne Cup. She went on to be touched off by a short head in the Hong Kong Cup as well as competing in contests such as the Saudi Cup, Pegasus Turf and Dubai Sheema Classic.
A statement from Coolmore on Twitter said: “Following a foot abscess as she prepared for a second tilt at the MacKinnon, Magic Wand has been retired and will join our broodmare band in Ireland.
“She has been a wonderful mare for Coolmore and our partners and much loved by her strapper Yvonne.”
Magic Wand raced 28 times, winning four races and placing in a further 11. In total, she collected £3,705,970 (€4,106,859/$4,798,323) in win and place prize-money.
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