SUPERSTAR horse Magical has retired at the age of five.
Aidan O’Brien’s wonder mare won seven Group 1 races and more than £4.8million in prize money.
Magical has retired at the age of five after a glittering careerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Magical, who last ran when third to Normcore in the Hong Kong Cup in Sha Tin earlier this month, will now go to Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
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The horse – a daughter of legendary £180m stud Galileo – won 12 of her 28 races under rules.
She was rated in the top 20 horses in the world in 2018 and 2019.
Among Magical’s most impressive performances were the successive Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown and the Champion Stakes at Ascot.
She looked set to retire at the end of last year but was brought back for 2020.
That proved a shrewd decision as she won a further three Group 1 races.
Coolmore posted on Twitter: “Brilliant 7-time Gr.1 winner Magical has been retired and will join the broodmare band @coolmorestud. Mating plans yet to be decided.”
O’Brien paid tribute to Magical, saying: “She was a great filly, she ran at the very top level all the time until she retired.
“She was ultra-consistent and just an amazing filly, really. She travelled a lot. She won three Group Ones this year and I was delighted to have her again this year, it was a brave decision of the lads to keep her in training.
“The days that stand out are the Champion Stakes. She was amazing, she always turned up. She was tough, she was consistent and had a super mind and was very sound.
“Her mum (Halfway To Heaven) was a queen, she was a queen and she was by Galileo, so I suppose you could call him the king.
“It would be exciting to train her offspring.”
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