So much was against this season's rising star as he chased a fourth consecutive group 1 win in the Oct. 20 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1), but he showed great courage and roared to a tenacious win under a skilled Oisin Murphy ride.
It was the afternoon's longest race, but it was won in the blink of an eyelid. The gap Stradivarius took was tiny, but thanks to an act of unintentional generosity from one superstar jockey to another, it was more than enough.
Magical already had three triumphs locked away before this trip to Ascot, but in being driven out by Ryan Moore to see off the John Gosden-trained pair Coronet and Lah Ti Dar, she was breaking her group 1 duck.
Javier Castellano became the 34th North American jockey to reach 5,000 wins by winning back-to-back stakes on the Oct. 20 Empire Showcase Day card for New York State-breds at Belmont Park.
Expected Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) favorite Accelerate had his penultimate workout at Santa Anita Park Oct. 20 for the $6 million race at Churchill Downs Nov. 3, going five furlongs under assistant trainer Juan Leyva in :59 4/5.
Sands of Mali was left to his own devices in front, with Paul Hanagan judging the pace beautifully and saving enough in reserve to hold the persistent challenge of the back-to-form Harry Angel in second.
After a fortnight which promised fireworks and delivered in the most spectacular fashion, the curtain finally came down Oct. 20 on this year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale with a more low-key Book 4 session.
Katherine Ball's Limousine Liberal completed his major preparation for the Breeders' Cup World Championships in two weeks by working five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 under exercise rider Freddy Torres Oct. 20 at Keeneland.