Coolmore's Magical, intended for this weekend's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, did not make the trip to the United States this morning after spiking a fever, reports racingpost.com. The top-class mare, a four-time Group 1-winning daughter of Galileo, will instead be retired to begin her career as a broodmare.
“Magical spiked a slight temperature this morning so she hasn't traveled to America,” said trainer Aidan O'Brien. “She worked this morning and we were delighted with her but we take their temperatures every day. She was due to leave at 9.30 and this happened at around 9.15, so our vet John Halley advised that she shouldn't travel.
“She has been an unbelievable mare. She was so game, so consistent and so classy. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have anything to do with her.”
Magical ran second in last year's Breeders' Cup Turf to Enable, while this year she is a leading contender for the Cartier Horse of the Year Award having most recently won the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot. She will go to stallion No Nay Never in her first year as a broodmare.
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