Winner of just one of his four starts as a juvenile, which was a mile maiden in heavy ground at the Curragh in October, Magician improved considerably over the winter, made a winning reappearance in the Group 3 Dee Stakes at Chester, followed that with a three and a half length defeat of Gale Force Ten in the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas, and rounded off his season with a half-length win over The Fugue in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita.
He won just once from six starts as a four-year-old, narrowly beating Parish Hall in the Group 3 Mooresbridge Stakes over 10 furlongs at the Curragh, but was runner-up to Noble Mission in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup, to The Fugue in the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes, and to Hardest Core in the Grade 1 Arlington Million.
He stands at Coolmore's US farm, Ashford Stud, but has a few foals catalogued for sale in Europe.
The son of Galileo (by Sadler's Wells) is out of the listed sprint winner Absolutelyfabulous (by Mozart), which makes him a full-brother to the Grade 1-placed stakes winner Outstandingly, and his grandam, Lady Windermere (by Lake Coniston) is out of the one-time scorer Brigid (by Irish River).
A full-sister to Or Vision, who is the stakes-winning dam of the Group/Grade 1 scorers Dolphin Street (by Bluebird), Insight (by Sadler's Wells) and Saffron Walden (by Sadler's Wells), Brigid is the dam of the Group 1 stars Listen (by Sadler's Wells) and Sequoyah (by Sadler's Wells).
The former is the dam of the Group 1-placed Japanese Group 2 winner Touching Speech (by Deep Impact), and Sequoyah's brightest star is the classic-winning miler and Coolmore stallion Henrythenavigator (by Kingmambo). His early Group/Grade 1-winning sons George Vancouver and Pedro The Great had their first yearlings on offer in 2016.
Sequoyah is also the dam of Queen Cleopatra (by Kingmambo), who won the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial Stakes and was placed in both the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas and Group 1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) before going on to become a successful broodmare. She is the dam of the Australian Group 3 scorer Francis Of Assisi (by Danehill Dancer) and her pattern-placed stakes-winning daughter Look At Me (by Danehill Dancer) is the dam of juvenile listed scorer Kind Of Magic (by Galileo).
There are many other stakes and pattern winners to be found in the various branches of this family, including the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes scorer Beethoven (by Oratorio), but they do not tell us anything more about Magician's potential as a stallion. He is a well-bred, classic-winning son of Galileo and there would not any reason why he should not be capable of siring stakes and pattern winners.
MAGICIAN (IRE) – b.2010 – Galileo – Absolutelyfabulous, 5 wins inc Breeders' Cup Turf (Gr1), Irish 2000 Guineas (Gr1), Mooresbridge Stakes (Gr3), Dee Stakes (Gr3), 2nd Arlington Million (Gr1), Prince of Wales's Stakes (Gr1), Tattersalls Gold Cup (Gr1). Sire in USA. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
c - Alyssa's Dream (by Wiseman's Ferry) Keeneland Nov $25,000
f - Crystal Minuet (by Theatrical) Keeneland Nov $33,000
f - Cute Cash (by Exchange Rate) Keeneland Nov not sold
f - Cycle (by Dansili) Keeneland Nov withdrawn
bc – Davanti (by Danehill Dancer) Goffs Nov €14,000
c - Ivory Meadow (by Meadowlake) Keeneland Nov withdrawn
c - Looks Like Rain (by Medicean) Keeneland Nov $70,000
bc – Penny Sixpence (by Kheleyf) Tattersalls Nov 42,000gns
c - Perfect Step (by Iffraaj) Keeneland Nov $95,000
c - Prevention (by Aptitude) Keeneland Nov withdrawn
c - Proximity (by Nayef) Keeneland Nov $125,000
f - Sisheba (by Silent Name) Keeneland Nov $9,500
f - Starlight Tiara (by More Than Ready) Keeneland Nov not sold
c - Startsprednthenews (by Mineshaft) Keeneland Nov withdrawn
f - Xrate (by Exchange Rate) Keeneland Nov not sold
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