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Santa Anita

  • 22:22 Breeders' Cup Turf 1m 4f

  • (Grade 1) $3,000,000 added 3yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner $1,144,200 2nd $432,799 3rd $215,000 4th $98,400
  • Going: Firm
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Off time: 22:25:46

Magician wins the Breeders' Cup Turf under Ryan Moore

Last Updated: 02/11/13 11:04pm

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Magician overhauls The Fugue in a thrilling Breeders' Cup Turf

Magician overhauls The Fugue in a thrilling Breeders' Cup Turf

Magician rocketed to a sensational victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita as Aidan O'Brien's charge flew home to snatch victory from The Fugue in the shadow of the post.

Ryan Moore was at his coolest as he sat towards the rear in the mile-and-a-half contest on the Irish 2,000 Guineas winner, with William Buick bowling along in mid-division on John Gosden's The Fugue, enjoying a perfect passage aboard the Irish Champion Stakes heroine.

Buick appeared to have all bases covered when hitting the front from last year's winner Little Mike, and although Moore began to weave his way through on Magician he had plenty of ground to make up.

O'Brien's colt still looked to have it all to do approaching the business end, but Moore had timed it to perfection, arriving in the nick of time as the line loomed, getting up to win by half a length.

Moore said: "He's one of the best horses I've ridden in a long time. He switched off nice at the beginning. I was a little farther back than I wanted to be because he got a bump at the turn and he lost his back end, but he leveled off nicely, got his balance. From there he took me where I wanted to be."

The winning trainer added: "It's been a job well done by the team to achieve this. I have to thank Michael (Tabor) whose idea it was that we should move him up in trip to a mile and a half."

John Gosden was proud of the run of The Fugue in second, saying: "She's run a great race. We came a bit wide into the straight. We've beaten a very good Argentinian horse (Indy Point), but the form is very hard to assess as the winner (Magician) hasn't run since June. He's a bit of a joker in the pack (deck). She ran her race. She improved her position. She just got beat at the end."

Buick added: "She did nothing wrong, she did everything right. She felt good to me. She ran well."

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