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Magical in easy Tattersalls Gold Cup win

Magical proved a cut above her rivals as she added another Group One to her tally in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.

Winner of the race last year in its usual early season spot, Magical had impressed on her first outing of the campaign in the Pretty Polly Stakes and was sent off the 2-9 favourite.

Aidan O’Brien decided to skip a clash with Enable in Saturday’s King George in favour of keeping Magical closer to home and she enjoyed little more than an exercise gallop.

Ridden for just the second time by Wayne Lordan, who took the mount in the 2018 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe when she was unplaced behind her old nemesis Enable, the jockey kept the tactics simple.

Soon in an early lead, Lordan pressed the button with three furlongs to run and nothing could go with her.

Stablemate Sir Dragonet stayed on from the rear to claim second, with last year’s Irish Leger winner Search For A Song making late gains into third.

Magical won by an eased down 2-1/4 lengths, with a further two lengths back to the third.

The Lloyd Williams-owned Buckhurst finished last of the six runners after dropping out in the straight.

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