A 'wonderful horse,' Breeders' Cup champ Talismanic retired

The 2017 Breeders' Cup Turf winner Talismanic, one of Godolphin’s most popular horses with racing fans and the team alike, has been retired from racing, it was announced Friday.

The flashy bay/brown horse was trained by Andre Fabre throughout his career. Stud plans will be revealed "in due course," according to Godolphin.

“Talismanic was a wonderful horse to train," Fabre said. "He showed a great attitude at home and at the races, he was extremely sound, and he performed at a high level at 3, 4 and 5.

“His win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf epitomized what we are looking for in the modern racehorse – soundness of body, soundness of mind and an adaptability to different tracks and conditions at the highest level.”

Under jockey Mickael Barzalona, Talismanic came with a superb run down the Del Mar home straight to win the Turf by half a length, setting a new course record and beating nine Grade and Group 1 winners in the process.



The son of Medaglia d'Oro rounded off his 2017 campaign with a creditable second in the Hong Kong Vase (G1).

Having broken his maiden by open lengths at age 2, Talismanic 
raced almost exclusively in stakes company from there, winning twice at listed level at 3, the same season he finished a creditable fourth in the prestigious Prix du Jockey Club (G1).

Two further black type wins followed during the summer of his 4-year-old campaign, including in the Prix Maurice de Nieuil (G2), where he beat the year’s Melbourne Cup runner-up, Marmelo.

Talismanic, who made his last start in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf, retire with eight victories to his name and more than £2.5 million in earnings.

 

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