DARLEY JAPAN has been confirmed as the destination for Godolphin’s Talismanic, a top class son of leading sire Medaglia D’Oro and winner of last year’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf. Under the care of master trainer Andre Fabre throughout his career, Talismanic broke his maiden by no fewer than seven lengths at two. From then on, he raced almost exclusively in Stakes company, winning twice at Listed level at three, the same season he finished a creditable fourth in the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club. Two further black type wins followed during the summer of his 4yo campaign, including in the Group 2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil, where he beat this year’s Melbourne Cup runner-up Marmelo. Talismanic’s finest hour came last November, with victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar.
Under Mickael Barzalona, Talismanic came with a superb run down the home straight to win by half a length, setting a new course record and beating nine Group One winners in the process. He rounded off his 2017 campaign with a creditable second in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase. Talismanic’s outstanding sire Medaglia D’Oro has recorded 21 Group One winners to date, who have won on both turf and dirt and from distances ranging from 1200m to 2400m. Talismanic is out of the Group One placed Group Three winner Magic Mission, herself from the same outstanding female family as Deep Impact. Harry Sweeney, president of Darley Japan, said: “We are really excited to have Medaglia D’Oro’s best turf son, Talismanic, in Japan. He has a wonderful pedigree, his exceptional sire has sent out numerous winners in a variety of races and his family have produced many big name horses. “He is extremely attractive with a very distinctive body, and we are looking forward to introducing him to our clients in Japan.”