Breeders’ Cup: Talismanic helps Godolphin hit back at Coolmore empire

• Talismanic and Wuheida register ‘2-1 win’ at Del Mar against Ballydoyle
• Godolphin hold only a slim chance with Hartnell in Melbourne Cup

Godolphin have not got the better of Aidan O’Brien many times in recent seasons, and least of all in this record-breaking year for the man from Ballydoyle. But the royal blue team came away from this year’s Breeders’ Cup with two wins to O’Brien’s one, and both were recorded on the main Saturday card, including Talismanic’s success in the Turf, second only to the Classic in terms of its prize fund and prestige.

Like the supporters of a football team who have finally notched a derby win against their fiercest rival, they will have felt relief as well as jubilation on Sunday morning. Neither of their winners started favourite, or even at single-figure odds, whereas O’Brien had fancied runners throughout the two days, including Highland Reel, third behind Talismanic in the Turf. But when it mattered, both Wuheida and Talismanic delivered.

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