Aidan O'Brien's Magical has 'spiked a temperature' and heads into retirement

European Breeders’ Cup challenge loses its biggest name as Magical has ‘spiked a temperature’ and heads into retirement rather than to California for Saturday’s Filly & Mare Turf

  • Aidan O’Brien confirmed that Magical had ‘spiked a temperature’ on Monday
  • Four-time Group One winner heads into retirement rather than travelling to US
  • Magical landed the Champion Stakes at Ascot on her last run earlier this month

The European Breeders’ Cup challenge has lost its biggest name after Aidan O’Brien confirmed that Magical had ‘spiked a temperature’ and would be heading into retirement rather than out to California to run in Saturday’s Filly & Mare Turf.

The four-time Group One winner, who landed the Champion Stakes at Ascot on her last run, failed to travel with the rest of the O’Brien team on Monday.

The trainer said: ‘She worked this morning and we were delighted with her. We take temperatures every day. She was due to leave at 9.30am and this happened at 9.15. Our vet John Halley advised she didn’t travel.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Magical has ‘spiked a temperature’ and is heading into retirement

‘She has been an unbelievable mare, so consistent, tough and classy.’

Magical, who finished second to Enable in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf, will be mated with sire No Nay Never next year.

Meanwhile, jump jockey Wayne Hutchinson has announced his retirement at the age of 38. Hutchinson, who rode over 800 jumps winners, was closely allied to trainer Alan King throughout his career.

The four-time Group One winner failed to travel with the rest of O'Brien team to US on Monday

The four-time Group One winner failed to travel with the rest of O’Brien team to US on Monday

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