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  • Dee Dream For Magician

BetVictor.com Dee Stakes (Group 3) 1m 2f 75y

  • (3yo, 1m 2f 75y, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner £34,026 2nd £12,900 3rd £6,456 4th £3,216 5th £1,614 6th £810
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 2m 12.96s
  • Off time: 14:15:21
  • Last Updated: May 10 2013, 16:11 BST

Magician ran out an easy winner at Chester to land back-to-back renewals of the BetVictor.com Dee Stakes for Aidan O'Brien.

Magician storms clear to win the Dee Stakes
Magician storms clear to win the Dee Stakes

In what was almost an action replay of yesterday's Chester Vase victory, Ryan Moore settled his colt in a close second before quickening on the home turn to put the race to bed in a matter of strides.

Moore brought Magician towards the stands' side rail in the straight in search of the better ground and the Galileo colt stretched clear in good style to earn a quote of 16/1 from 40s for the Investec Derby from Sky Bet.

The 13/8 favourite pulled four lengths clear of Contributer who cut through the field from last place to give chase.

He never looked capable of matching the winner although he did readily account for the remainder.

O'Brien's charge was a disappointing last in an Irish Group Three on his final start of 2012 but Moore was impressed with the manner of his victory on his seasonal reappearance.

  • They turn for home in the opener...
  • ...and Captain Bertie comes through to land a sizeable gamble
  • Magician slams Contributer in the Dee Stakes...
  • ...and is another Aidan O'Brien-trained colt to enter the Investec Derby picture
  • Mount Athos slams his rivals in the Ormonde Stakes...
  • ...and then poses for photos with Jamie Spencer
  • Normal Equilibrium is too good for Bispham Green in the sprint handicap
  • There's another huge crowd at the Roodee
  • Callmeakhab completes a double for trainer Charlie Hills after Captain Bertie's win
  • Red Runaway (left) thunders home to take the finale
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"He's a very nice horse. He felt relaxed going round there and when you asked he really quickened very well. He's got plenty of pace. They are different types (Ruler Of The World and Magician), but both are good ones."

Kevin Buckley, Coolmore's UK representative, was asked about both winners this week, and said: "I suppose, to be fair, we were equally impressed with both horses.

"Ryan did have quite a smile on his face today. He said he got a good feel from him and was really impressed when he pushed the button.

"Ruler Of The World is destined for mile-and-a-half races but this horse handles a mile and a quarter very well and has a bit of speed in his pedigree.

"I spoke to Aidan and he was very pleased because the horses are working well."

Ed Dunlop, trainer of Contributer, felt he had not learnt too much about his horse in what he termed an "unsatisfactory" race.

He said: "Graham (Lee, jockey) blames himself for getting behind in a slowly-run race. The winner could be very good but it was an unsatisfactory race.

"The vibes we got were that today's winner was better than yesterday's and I suppose we come away from today not having learnt very much."


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