The Aussies may have been singing “Waltzing Matilda” but it was Pierre-Charles Boudot that was waltzing home on Order Of Australia making it a one-two-three for Aidan O’Brien in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland.
He only got into the race after One Master was scratched on Thursday and the three-year-old was sent off a 73-1 outsider, (finished 40/1 with bookmakers). Getting in as a reserve could well have been looked at as, ‘mysterious’ because Boudot himself only got the ride when Christophe Soumillion tested positive for Covid-19 and then completed an unlikely double after he also replaced Ioritz Mendizabal on Audarya in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Winning only two of his previous seven races, Order Of Australia had fallen short in two previous attempts at the top level but he came good when it mattered at Keeneland.
Halladay made most of the running until they turned into the home straight, when Boudot, under a confident ride, swept past on the outside with Order Of Australia to take the honours.
The son of Australia kept on to hold his stablemates Circus Maximus and Lope Y Fernandez, giving Ballydoyle a remarkable clean sweep.
The 2000 Guineas winner Kameko, had every chance with Oisin Murphy but finished out of the places, as did Irish Guineas winner Siskin for Ger Lyons.
Earlier, the Kevin Ryan trained Glass Slippers, gave Europe a first ever victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Winner of the Prix de l’Abbaye in 2019 and just touched off from a poor draw in last month’s renewal, the four-year-old filly showed just how much she thrives in the latter part of the campaign with a dramatic success.
Glass Slippers was not the best out of the gates and Tom Eaves was happy to place her towards the rear of the field, but near the rail.
Up front, Bombard and Into Mystic shared the early pace with Wildman Jack, Texas Wedge and Leinster joining in as the runners approached the top of the stretch.
At that point, Eaves started to make his move on Glass Slippers, who was helped when a gap appeared as the early trail-blazers started to go back. Glass Slippers responded in game fashion and galloped on strongly all the way to the line, scoring by half a length from Wet Your Whistle with Leinster third.
Newmarket trainer James Fanshawe struck with his first runner in the Breeders’ Cup when Audarya came with a late run to claim the Filly & Mare Turf. The four-year-old had stepped up to the mark at the top level with victory in the Prix Jean Romanet and third place in the Prix de l’Opera on her opening two attempts, and did so again with a determined effort.
She was ridden for the first time by Pierre-Charles Boudot, who Fanshawe called in as a late substitute for Ioritz Mendizabal after he tested positive for Covid-19.
Shane Foley rushed up the Jessica Harrington-trained Cayenne Pepper from her wide draw to lead by the first turn, with the main American hopefuls Mean Mary and Rushing Fall close by.
They looked like fighting out the finish once Cayenne Pepper had weakened by the home turn – but Boudot and Audarya had other ideas. She hit the front in the final furlong and battled on gamely to score by a neck from Rushing Fall, with Harvey’s Lil Goil half a length away in third place.