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High Chaparral European Breeders Fund Mooresbridge Stakes (Group 3) 1m 2f

  • (4yo+, 1m 2f, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner €48,750 2nd €14,250 3rd €6,750 4th €2,250
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 2m 8.91s
  • Off time: 16:15:05
  • Last Updated: May 6 2014, 7:50 BST

Dual Group One winner Magician was made to work to justify his prohibitive odds in the High Chaparral European Breeders Fund Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh.

Magician (right) beats Parish Hall in a thriller at the Curragh
Magician (right) beats Parish Hall in a thriller at the Curragh

The brilliant winner of last year's Irish 2000 Guineas before signing off his season with victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf, Aidan O'Brien's four-year-old was sixth when favourite for the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in late March.

Dropping in class and trip for his return to domestic action, the Galileo colt went on his way the 2-13 favourite and Joseph O'Brien was happy to give each of his four rivals start.

He was still last turning for home and when asked to close on his opponents, the response was not immediate.

Jim Bolger's 2011 Dewhurst winner Parish Hall, disappointing in two previous starts this year, set sail a over a furlong out and for a brief moment it looked as though the bird had flown.

However, Magician eventually found top gear and wore him down to take the Group Three prize by a neck.

It was a fifth consecutive victory in the race for the winning trainer following the previous successes of Fame And Glory, So You Think, Windsor Palace and Camelot.

The winning trainer said: "I nearly got a heart attack looking at him (before the race). He was away in Dubai and things didn't go right for him. We gave him a little rest and he had a good tummy on him today.

"He's going to come back here for the Tattersalls Gold Cup (May 25). He's in a good place now and Joseph was very happy and said he won snug. He's not gone right-handed that much before."