Princess Zoe to face Stradivarius and Trueshan in Prix du Cadran
- We bring you some key quotes from connections ahead of Saturday's Prix du Cadran
- This Group One takes place on day one of Longchamp's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe meeting
- Tony Mullins' mare Princess Zoe will attempt to defend her crown
- Stradiuvarius and Trueshan are set to line up in opposition
Princess Zoe (right) and Stradivarius (left) running in the Ascot Gold Cup. (Getty)
The feature race on day one of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe meeting is shaping up to be a classic, as three of flat racing's top stayers will clash in the Prix du Cadran.
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Princess Zoe handed Tony Mullins the biggest win of his training career when she won France's equivalent of the Ascot Gold Cup 12 months ago. Mullins' stable star has shown some good form this season, finishing second behind Subjectivist in the Ascot Gold Cup, and Mullins is looking forward to running Princess Zoe at Longchamp on Saturday.
“She’s on her way to France and is in good form." Mullins told the press.
“It’s a strong race, but we’re fit and well and very happy to be going. We’ll be quite happy as long as there is no firm in the ground. If the ground is good, or good to soft, that will do us fine.”
Princess Zoe's primary challengers will also be making the trip across the channel, as both Stradivarius and Trueshan are penciled in to run at Longchamp on Saturday.
Since suffering defeat in the Ascot Gold Cup, Stradivarius has bounced back to top form, claiming a battling victory over Spanish Mission in the Yorkshire Cup before trouncing his rivals in the Doncaster Cup.
"It was good to get Stradivarius on some nice ground this morning and he went well with a lead horse." John Gosden confirmed today.
"The plan is to take him to the Prix Cadran which, if you like, is the French version of the Ascot Gold Cup. I'm sure the likes of Trueshan will be there on Saturday and it's shaping up to be a good race."
Good ground has meant Alan King has been unable to run Trueshan since watching his stay stayer win the Goodwood Cup at the end of July. The ground is currently soft at Paris-Longchamp, and the prospect of more rain to come will sound like music to King's ears.
King will, however, have to find a new partner for Trueshan, after Hollie Doyle's seven-day ban was upheld after a hearing on Monday. Naturally, Doyle was gutted when she spoke to the press earlier this week.
"Trueshan and Glen Shiel are both entered for Saturday." Doyle said. "Obviously I couldn't have ridden them both, Glen Shiel is entered at Ascot. But they're my two best horses and I won't have the chance to ride either of them."
2018 winner and last year's beaten favourite, Call The Wind could line up in his third Prix du Cadran on Saturday. As could another home challenger, Skazino, winner of three Group Twos over two miles this season. Both, however, sit someway behind the British and Irish challenger, who currently dominate the Longchamp betting.
2021 Prix du Cadran Odds
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*Odds taken from bet365 on 29/9/21*