High-class colt. Good length third of 9 to Japan in International at York (1¼m, good to firm) 24 days ago, running on. Likely to give another good account.
Thriller at York!— Timeform Live (@TimeformLive) August 21, 2019
The Aidan O'Brien-trained JAPAN (5/1) just gets the better of Crystal Ocean to claim Group 1 glory in the Juddmonte International at @yorkracecourse!🏇🇯🇵
Smart colt. 10¾ lengths eighth of 9 to Bricks And Mortar in Arlington Million (1¼m, firm) 35 days ago. Sometimes used as a pacemaker.
Very smart Japanese mare who bounced back to her best to land the Nassau at Goodwood (1¼m, good to firm) last month but will require an even bigger performance if she's to follow up here.
Performed as well as she's ever done when ¾-length second to Bricks And Mortar in Arlington Million last time but losing run stretches back to the 2018 Ribblesdale and unlikely that will change.
MAGIC WAND makes it a quickfire double at #RoyalAscot for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore with a dominent display in the Ribblesdale!— Timeform Live (@TimeformLive) June 21, 2018
Wild Illusion 2nd
Sun Maiden 3rd
High-class filly who chased home Crystal Ocean in the Prince of Wales's at Royal Ascot and has bumped into Enable in Eclipse and Yorkshire Oaks since. Bold bid assured.
Easy does it - MAGICAL is a classy winner of the Tattersalls Gold Cup at @curraghrace, for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore!— Timeform Live (@TimeformLive) May 26, 2019
A double on the day for connections, who seek Irish 1000 Guineas glory in the next with Hermosa! 🏇
Epsom Derby winner but no match for stablemate Sovereign in the Irish version and needs to shrug off an abysmal run in the King George. Cheekpieces worn at Ascot quickly discarded.
Smart effort when defying top weight in very strong Newbury handicap and has taken the step up to pattern company in stride with 2 French Group 2 wins since. Can make presence felt at highest level.
HEADMAN sticks to the task well to claim victory the (Group 2) Prix Guillaume d’Ornano, despite a slow break from the stalls.— Timeform Live (@TimeformLive) August 15, 2019
That's his second successive Group 2 win on the bounce for @RogerCharlton and @Jason7Watson1!
Derby second shows he stays 1½m but he has plenty of speed and dropped back to 1m when cosy winner of course Group 3 latest. Now tackles 1¼m for first time and it could prove to be his optimum trip.
MADHMOON leaves the impression 1¼m could be ideal for him and is taken to notch a first win at the highest level. Magical has no Enable to contend with this time and rates a massive threat, while the other Hamdan Al Maktoum runner Elarqam is enjoying an excellent season and is also likely to make his presence felt.