BBC News: Irish Champion Stakes: Magical beats Ghaiyyath at Leopardstown

Published 2020/09/13

Ghaiyyath went out as the 8-13 favourite and led from the start at Leopardstown, but the Aidan O'Brien-trained Magical kept in touch.

Seamie Heffernan edged Magical in front in the closing strides to take a three-quarter-length win at 9-2. Armoury, a 66-1 shot, was well back in third place.

Ghaiyyath, trained by Charlie Appleby, started as the odds-on favourite after four front-running victories this year.

William Buick had Ghaiyyath quickly in front but he failed to open up a gap and was outstayed by the impressive Magical.

"It was unbelievable that. She's a great mare - we just felt she needed to sit close to him (Ghaiyyath) to keep her interested as she gets a little bit lazy when she sits back,"

O'Brien told RTE Sport. "It was very straightforward. William went a good gallop (on Ghaiyyath) but she was happy to go with him the whole way and make her own running. "

And when William decided it was time to go, she was happy to go with him.

Seamie gave her a brilliant ride and I'm absolutely delighted."