Mythical Magic con­tin­ues im­pres­sive form

Sport360 - - Racing News - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

Mythical Magic con­tin­ued a bright start to his ca­reer with a close third in the G2 Cham­pagne Stakes at Don­caster yes­ter­day.

The two-year-old son of If­fraaj, a Listed win­ner at Deauville on Au­gust 13, was cov­ered up to­wards the rear of the eight run­ners and raced keenly early on.

Mythical Magic was switched out by James Doyle ap­proach­ing the two-fur­long marker and quick­ened well to go third near­ing the fi­nal half-fur­long.

The Char­lie Ap­pleby-trained colt gal­loped out strongly, los­ing out on sec­ond by a neck, with the same mar­gin sep­a­rat­ing the win­ner Sea­henge and Hey Ga­man.

Sea­henge pre­vailed in 1m 25.78s on ground de­scribed as good to soft, good in places, as the first three home fin­ished four lengths clear of Red Mist in fourth.

Char­lie Ap­pleby said: “I was pleased with Mythical Magic, who has stepped up again from his win at Deauville.

“He slightly over-raced in the early part of the race but hit the line strongly and the first three home have pulled clear of the field.

“We will see how he comes out of this race and then po­ten­tially con­sider his op­tions for the back end of the sea­son.

“With the way he stayed on to­day, the Prix Jean Luc La­gardere (G1, Chan­tilly, Oc­to­ber 1) over a mile could be an op­tion. He is a big horse and time is only go­ing to help him.”

In other Godol­phin news. re­gally-bred colt As­to­ria recorded a vicThough tory that jus­ti­fied sta­ble opin­ion in the G3 Spring Stakes at New­cas­tle.

A win­ner on de­but in the Au­tumn, As­to­ria (James Cum­mings/ Tye Ang­land) had been placed twice at stakes-level in his sub­se­quent three starts be­fore step­ping up in trip and im­pres­sively some well­cre­den­tialed op­po­si­tion.

In a win that con­tin­ued the su­perb form of the prog­eny of his sire Medaglia D’Oro, As­to­ria came from last with 500m to run to over­power Merovee by three-quar­ters-of-alength.

As­to­ria is from a fam­ily whose ma­ter­nal line traces di­rectly to the out­stand­ing pro­ducer Eight Carat.

Step­ping up: Mythical Magic.

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