Dubai-bound Talismanic makes triumphant return at Chantilly

Andre Fabre

Talismanic showed his well-being ahead of the Dubai World Cup when landing a cosy victory in the Prix Darshaan at Chantilly.

The Breeders' Cup Turf hero was last seen finishing second to Highland Reel in the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin in December and returned to winning ways with a likeable performance, defeating his Andre Fabre-trained stablemate and fellow Godolphin-owned Cloth Of Stars.

Maxime Guyon had Talismanic perfectly positioned as Savoken made the running before asking him to take over in the straight.

Talismanic (13-10) soon went on and comfortably held Cloth Of Stars, the 4-5 favourite, by a length and three-quarters, with Savoken three and a half lengths away in third.