Buick opts for Adayar in quest for first Arc
- Key quotes ahead of the 2021 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
- The Arc takes place at Longchamp racecourse on Sunday 3rd October
- William Buick has chosen to ride Adayar over stablemate Hurricane Lane
- We also bring you quotes from Arc contender Sealiway
William Buick riding Adayar to victory in The King George VI And Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes. (Getty)
Charlie Appleby confirmed on Friday that stable jockey, William Buick has chosen to ride Adayar in the 2021 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Adayar currently sits second in the betting for the 2021 Arc, having won the Epsom Derby and the King George in excellent fashion this season. William Buick, who's yet to ride the winner of the Arc, also has Irish Derby and St Leger winner Hurricane Lane to choose from, but trainer Charlie Appleby revealed at Newmarket on Friday that Buick has decided to ride Adayar over his stablemate.
"It's a hard choice but William is confident he's picking the right horse," Appleby told the press. "I'm always happy for jockeys to be able to choose the horse they would like to ride. That means they have confidence in the horse and they take that into the race.
"James (Doyle) will partner Hurricane Lane in a simple piece of work tomorrow. Then discussions will take place next week on his participation."
Although both are sure to garner plenty of support in the build-up to the Arc, their participation isn't 100% assured.
"A week is a long time in racing, particularly when you are coming into a race such as the Arc,", Appleby continued. "We obviously have to take on board the well being of both horses, but also the way the race is taking shape, and, very importantly, the ground at Longchamp."
Appleby added: "The one thing Hurricane Lane does not want is a quick surface. Adayar comes into the versatile category, but we have always felt ease in the ground enhances Hurricane Lane's prospects. Unfortunately, the weather in Paris is out of our hands.
"Hurricane Lane gallops (Saturday). Adayar will also gallop. Then there will be discussions with the team, and we will see where we stand during the week, whether we will have one or two Arc runners."
British and Irish horses dominate the current betting for this year's Arc, with Tarnawa and Snowfall joining Appleby's duo at the head of the market. Another British raider to watch out for is Teona, who advertised her Arc credentials by beating Snowfall in the Prix Vermeille.
Teona impressed onlookers during the Henry Cecil Open Day at Newmarket this week, and trainer, Roger Varian is hoping for nice ground at Longchamp next weekend.
"We've not done much with her since the Vermeille but she's in good form and the Arc is under consideration," Varian said.
"There are a few factors to consider next week but we're not making any decisions until this time next week. The ground is a factor and she'll work between now and then and we'll have to be pleased with her work as well. I'd have thought Olivier Peslier will ride her if we do run in the Arc."
You have to scroll right down to the 25/1 mark before you find the first home challenger in the Arc betting. France's hopes of retaining the Arc rest in the hands of Sealiway, who hasn't been seen since following St Mark's Basilica home in the Prix du Jockey Club.
"We're desperate to see him out again because it's been a while." said Pauline Chehboub, Racing Manager to owners Le Haras De La Gousserie.
"He had a minor hold-up just after the Jockey Club. Now we are bearing down on the Arc, which is a major objective in itself for a horse at his level."
"We are delighted with the way his preparation has gone up to this point. He showed in the Jockey Club he is the best three-year-old in France, having already proved himself head of his generation here at two."
"For a horse like him the French programme tails off after the Arc and if you make your comeback in October you have to be thinking of travelling. He is entered in the British Champion Stakes on October 16 and we'll see how he is after the Arc and what that tells us about his stamina."
"There are other options abroad and the entry in the Champion Stakes demonstrates the ambition we have with him. Even if it's not England, it will be somewhere."