No luck of Irish on first day
Aidan O’Brien drew a blank on Day One of the Breeders Cup where it was the Godolphin team that saved European pride with Line Of Duty’s victory in the Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs.
Whereas O’Brien’s Anthony Van Dyck never landed a blow, Line Of Duty rallied late on rain-softened ground to edge Uncle Benny and gave trainer Charlie Appleby a third Breeders Cup success from just five runners.
Line Of Duty and Uncle Benny had minimal contact in the final strides of the race which provoked a lengthy stewards enquiry that eventually let the result stand.
It was a welcome result for the European raiders after the opening two races were won in dominant front-running style by unbeaten local stars. Bulletin in the newly instituted Juvenile Turf Sprint was too good for the Euros with O’Brien’s So Perfect best of them in third.
But it was Newspaperofrecord who put up one of the great routs in Breeders Cup history, landing the Juvenile Fillies Turf in a canter by almost seven lengths.