Magician team leaning towards Breeders' Cup Turf
Aidan O'Brien has hinted Magician will take in the Breeders' Cup Turf rather than his option of the Mile at Santa Anita.
Last Updated: 23/10/13 4:27pm
An impressive winner of both the Dee Stakes at Chester and the Irish 2000 Guineas, the son of Galileo has not been seen since a very disappointing effort in the St James's Palace at Royal Ascot, for which he had suffered an intererrupted preparation.
"We left him in the mile and the mile-and-a-half races, and it's very possible he could go for the mile and a half," said O'Brien.
"He ran a mile and a quarter at Chester, where he travelled well and quickened up well, and he just went wrong before Ascot, and it was all a bit much to overcome.
"He's had a good break, a few days away, and we're happy with him. The faster ground, the better."
Were Magician to contest the Turf, traditionally one of the European squad's most profitable races, and one O'Brien has claimed with both St Nicholas Abbey and High Chaparral, he could face Irish Champion Stakes star The Fugue as well as Jeremy Noseda's American expert Grandeur.
John Gosden's The Fugue is the ante-post favourite, and is fancied by British Horseracing Authority handicapper Phil Smith.
He said: "She has beaten the boys and gets a fillies' allowance, so she looks to be our best chance."
Another doubly entered from the Ballydoyle team is Cristoforo Colombo, who was fifth in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket but has only won a minor event at Dundalk this season. He was seventh in a six-furlong event at the Curragh 10 days ago.
"He's in the Mile, that's the race we were thinking of running in," said O'Brien, who said the colt would be "a possible for the Turf Sprint" if he did not get into the Mile.
"It just didn't work for him last time, Joseph (O'Brien) said he's better than that. There's no doubt he wants fast ground."
Possible other European runners in the Mile are Flotilla and Mshawish for Mikel Delzangles, while Richard Hannon will take across either Toronado or Olympic Glory, but not both.