Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

O'Brien's Magician holds aces

Magician can justify short odds to secure a fifth successive triumph for Ballydoyle in the Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh today.

Aidan O'Brien has saddled three similarly long odds-on shots to take the €75,000 Group Three since 2010, with Windsor Palace's 66/1 shock defeat of St Nicholas Abbey disrupting the run in 2012.

Just as St Nicholas Abbey had done, Magician comes here on the back of a frustrating defeat in the Sheema Classic at Meydan on World Cup night, having failed to find the gaps to challenge.

Magician should come on for that, and the champion jockey will be anxious to get him back to winning ways.

Of his four opponents, only Jim Bolger's Parish Hall could be considered a worthy rival, but the 2011 Dewhurst hero looks a shadow of his old self.

In the Listed Tetrarch Stakes, the Ballydoyle stable jockey has opted for Michaelmas over Great White Eagle, Fountain Of Youth and The Islander.

While Michaelmas and Great White Eagle were highly regarded juveniles, a watching brief is advised for now, with preference in this seven-furlong heat going to Paul Deegan's Shining Emerald.

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