We thought we had seen the last of Magical at Ascot on Champions Day as she was set for retirement but in a change of events she is back for another season, this time as a five year old and she heads 12 entries in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
She is set to be met by her nemesis from her last outing Addeybb for William Haggas with the pair neck and neck in the Champion Stakes in October and the Group One contest on Wednesday is set to see another great match up between the pair of them.
Addeybb will enter the race a different horse from what he was last year having had a spell during the winter in Australia where he went on to land back to back Group Ones in the Ranvet Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes under superb rides from Tom Marquand.
Magical is not the only chance in the prestigious race for O'Brien as he is set to field leading light Japan who is the current 11/10 favourite, Australian Group One winner Magic Wand and Fleeting.
Other big names that are set to head to post in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes on Wednesday is Barney Roy for Charlie Appleby who is another that has come out of retirement in the last few years and has since landed back to back races in Dubai including the Group One Jebel Hatta.
Brigadier Gerard winner Lord North is in the mix for John Gosden along with Mehdaayih, who finished fifth in the Champion Stakes and Terebellum, who won well on his seasonal return at Newmarket last week.
Others worth a mention are the Roger Charlton trained Headman who is going in search of his first Group One win and Fox Tal for the Andrew Balding team who are in such good form off the back of Kameko's 2000 Guineas success.
Bangkok may also go for the yard.