Magic Wand seals first Group 1 in Mackinnon Stakes.
Byline: Jack Haynes in Melbourne
ADMIRABLE consistency was finally rewarded in the Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington yesterday morning as Magic Wand sealed a first top-level success at the 16th attempt.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained four-year-old arrived in Australia with six Group 1 seconds but returns to Ireland with that all-important breakthrough victory and stays in training next year.
Magic Wand returned to Flemington just four days after finishing tenth in the Melbourne Cup and ran out a convincing winner of the A$2m (PS1.07m/€1.24m) contest under Ryan Moore.
Moore said: "She's a fabulous filly and been in top company all her life. She ran a great race in the Cox Plate then it went against her in the Melbourne Cup, but to back up a few days later to win here is great.
"She showed her best quality and it's very typical of her stallion Galileo as his progeny are very genuine and hard to beat.
"She needs fast ground and had terrible luck with the rain following her. Everything was right for her today."
It was the 84th individual top-level winner for sire Galileo, equalling the record set by his former studmate Danehill, and O'Brien's travelling head lad TJ Comerford felt better ground was crucial to her chances.
Comerford said: "It was the best ground she's raced on since she's been over here and a decent surface is key to her. The Melbourne Cup was a good piece of work for this!
"She takes tough races so well. She ate up everything and we nominated her for this the morning after the Melbourne Cup - she was telling us she was ready to run. She's going to stay in training next year and might come back to Australia again."
One of the most popular horses in Australia bowed out in typically honest fashion in the same race with Godolphin flagbearer Hartnell finishing a gallant third.
It was the eight-year-old's 34th start in top-level company. He is set to take in show classes and will be looked after by his groom Reg Fleming.
He retires as a four-time Group 1 winner and twice finished second to star mare Winx in top company.
Cummings said: "He's going to be missed so much and he's been fantastic for the early stage of my career. He's special and been the captain of our racing squad for the last few years."
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Ryan Moore aboard Magic Wand after her breakthrough victory