Ryan Moore produces masterclass to make all on Magic Wand
Magic Wand dominated the Cheshire Oaks under a fine front-running ride from Ryan Moore to run out an emphatic winner of the Listed Classic trial, which went to trainer Aidan O'Brien for a sixth time.
O'Brien also saddled the second as son Donnacha brought home Forever Together three and a half lengths adrift of the winner, and she would have finished closer had she not been squeezed up on the home turn. But few would argue the result was not the right one on the day.
The winner was pressed on both sides by Hazarfiya and Shailene for much of the way and was lit up by Moore quite a way out, but she skipped clear in the straight and was never being caught.
Kevin Buckley, UK representative for owners Coolmore, said: "We're very pleased with her. It was just her second run this season and she's clearly improved. She's a big, scopey filly and she should keep progressing, her ears were flicking there. Ryan was very happy with her and he got a good feel of her.
"She's a sister to Chicquita, which obviously bodes very well for the Oaks trips and she's put herself right in the mix with that performance."
Forever Together is a sister to, unsurprisingly, the same yard's Fillies' Mile winner Together Forever and Buckley added: "Donnacha was very happy with Forever Together. It was her first run of the year and Aidan's always come on for their first run of the season."
Ambitions for the third Princess Yaiza are not so lofty, but trainer Cromwell reported: "I was happy with that, Franny Norton did very well from that draw. The winner was impressive but she ran a good, solid race. She's in a few Listed races in Ireland and we'll keep her going at that level."
It looks like the Investec Oaks will be next for both the winner and second. Magic Wand was cut from as big as 50-1 to a general 14-1 chance in a market headed by Pretty Polly winner Lah Ti Dar. Forever Together is just six points bigger, at a general 20-1.
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