No luck of Ir­ish on first day

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - RACING NEWS, PROGRAMMES AND RESULTS - BRIAN O’CON­NOR

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.

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