Hardest Core snatches Million from Magician

Late on Saturday Night, some of you will have caught up with exciting cards the states had to offer in ArlingtonAdelaide, was amongst those who travelled the four & a half thousand miles to make their mark on US soil. The home team's main threat came in the form of Tourist, who has won his last three starts on turf. Set off at odds-on, Adelaide was nestled in third until asked to reel in front running Tourist. Adelaide idled slightly out in front, but a driving ride from Moore ensured O'Brien's three year old got the job done. In-form Moore had a successful trip, all in all, churning out a second winner with Euro Charline. Who possibly ran his last race for Marco Botti before starting his career in the US with Todd Pletcher. 

Magician made a bold bid to take the Arlington Million under Joseph O'Brien. Last year's winner, Real Solution was popular with punters looking past Magician, who eased in price before the off. Joseph held a good position in behind the leader, but got to work on magician a fair way from home. In the straight for home Magician & Side Glance fought for the line, but an impressive surge from the outsider, Hardest Core was too much for the pair as they couldn't peg him back. Hardest Core with no grade one experience, missed the American St. Leger in order to take on the Arlington Million. 

On Sunday, John Gosden sent his number one to Deauville for the Group one, Prix Jacques Le Marois. Gosden claimed Kingman had travelled well & his only concern was the ground becoming "very heavy". With no overnight rain on Saturday, Sundays conditions were changed to soft from very soft. Kingman was declared to run as planned. As expected, no one could present a challenge worthy of Kingman, Doyle gave the command, Kingman obliged. Hannon's, Olympic Glory & Dettori were as short as 7/2 to turn over Kingman, who proved too good18/1 shot Anodin chased Kingman home, 2 & 1/2 lengths behind.  

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