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Glory bids fall flat for Irish at start of Breeders'

THERE was major disappointment for Irish-trained horses in the Breeders' Cup last night at Santa Anita with the French providing the only European-trained winner.

Aidan O'Brien's Fame And Glory was our leading hope in the Marathon, which also included Dermot Weld's Sense of Purpose, but neither figured in the reckoning with Argentinean-trained nine-year-old Calidoscopio taking the spoils.

O'Brien revealed afterwards that Fame And Glory, winner of the 2011 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, has been retired.

He said: "The race was there in the book and we gave it a try. We took a chance and it didn't come off, so he will be retired now. He just showed us that he didn't like it and he wanted to go home."


The six-year-old's jockey, Jamie Spencer, said: "I was exactly where I wanted to be in the stretch first time, but then all of a sudden he just didn't want to know."

Sense Of Purpose's trainer Dermot Weld said: "My mare didn't handle it and that's it. There's nothing you can do. She didn't like the dirt coming up into her face."

O'Brien's Infanta Branca was unlucky in running in the Fillies Juvenile Turf which was won by French-trained Flotilla.

Irish jockey Richard Hughes was aboard leading fancy Sky Lantern but she also got boxed in. "She jumped out really well, but when I came round the bend I was stuck with nowhere to go," Hughes said.

O'Brien saddled Up in the Fillies and Mares turf but the three-year-old was unplaced under Ryan Moore.