Magician ran out an easy winner of the BetVictor.com Dee Stakes
Last Updated: 10/05/13 2:57pm
Magician storms clear to win the Dee Stakes
Magician ran out an easy winner at Chester to land back-to-back renewals of the BetVictor.com Dee Stakes for Aidan O'Brien.
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 without ever looking 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.
"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."