Magical is defined to direct Aidan O’Brien’s bid for an eighth success from the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes – together with star stablemate Japan going to wait for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Having seen off the Crystal Ocean in an renewal of the Juddmonte International at York last month, Japan is currently priced up since the favourite for the feature event in Ireland on Saturday.
Speaking in his lawn on Wednesday afternoon, O’Brien indicated he could head to Paris in early October and Magical could line up as his hope in the Dublin circuit on Irish Champions Weekend’s opening day.
The latter finished a hat-trick for its season from the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May, because when she has chased dwelling Crystal Ocean at the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot along with her old foe Permit in the Coral-Eclipse along with the Yorkshire Oaks.
O’Brien said:”The plan for Magical would be to go to York, then visit the Irish Champion and if everything goes well then go to the Arc. We’ve been quite happy with her she came out the race really well.
“We knew that we weren’t going to conduct her against Japan (at the Juddmonte International), so we knew we were going to get to supplement her to your Yorkshire Oaks, and the next thing John (Gosden) is going there with Permit.
“It isn’t certain that Japan won’t visit the Irish Champion, however it is possible he will go straight to the Arc. We won’t eliminate the Irish Champion, although I would be leaning towards doing this a little a bit.
“He’s only a three-year-old and we do not wish to over-tax him. He is progressing and we would like to provide him a opportunity to keep progressing”
Whether Japan takes his chance or maybe not, Magical is unlikely to function as hope together with Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia, from the Champion and Investec Derby enthusiast Anthony Van Dyck also from the mixture.
Magna Grecia hasn’t yet been seen since finishing minute when chasing the Guineas double at the Curragh in late May, although Anthony Van Dyck could drop back in trip after completing down the field from the King George at Ascot – though O’Brien is also considering whether to await the Breeders’ Cup.
He explained:”Magna Grecia is now getting ready to visit the Irish Champion and also we are very satisfied with him.
“The strategy was to visit York, and then the Irish Champion and return to a mile for the QEII in Ascot, however he was not ready for York and might be prepared for the Irish Champion. We’re satisfied with him and he’s performed.
“Anthony Van Dyck is in great order. He could run into the Irish Champion, but he can go to the Breeders’ Cup Turf. That is what we’ve needed in our heads for a little while for him – a mile and a half on floor.
“His final run was a non-event since they probably went a bit fast and the floor was somewhat soft.
“Hopefully he’ll stay in coaching (next year).”
Confirmed his jolt this season, Irish Derby hero Sovereign will not run again, but hopes to see him return in 2020.
Irish Derby sixth Broome, meanwhile, is being ready for the Arc.