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"We are hoping for going that suits him in Paris" - Weather forecast sees Vadeni head for the Arc

21 Sep 2022
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Jon Vine 21 Sep 2022
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  • Vadeni is the latest horse to be confirmed for the 2022 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
  • Europe's most prestigious flat race takes place at Longchamp on Sunday 2nd October
  • Vadeni was expected to face off against Baaeed in the Champion Stakes
  • The Aga Khan's racing manager Georges Rimaud confirmed today that the French Derby winner will enter the Arc instead
Weather forecast sees Vadeni head for the Arc
Christophe Soumillon riding Vadeni (green) win The Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park. (Getty)

French Derby winner and Coral-Eclipse hero, Vadeni will head for the 2022 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, instead of a showdown with Baaeed on Champions Day.

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Vadeni has been one of the stars of the flat racing season. Jean-Claude Rouget's star ran away with the Prix du Jockey Club, before seeing off his elders in the Coral-Eclipse. Following a decent third in the Irish Champion Stakes, where Christophe Soumillon got caught a little in traffic, a clash with Baaeed in the Champions Stakes on Champions Day seemed to be on the cards.

However, speaking to the press on Wednesday, the Aga Khan's racing manager, Georges Rimaud stated that the plan was to run Vadeni in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, as the going at Longchamp is likely to come up good.

"Of course when we discussed where to go the name Baaeed came up but it's not the primary factor in our decision." Rimaud said.

"It really is a question in the first place of taking advantage of the forecast and the ground. We are hoping for going that suits him in Paris and that is why we’ve decided to go there."

Connections had intimated earlier in the season that it was unlikely that Vadeni would be stepped up to the Arc distance. Taking that into account, some would say that entering Europe's most lucrative flat race is a risk, but Rimaud didn't see it that way.

"It's far from a gamble. He's a horse who has won over 2,100 metres (10-and-a-half furlongs) and so he stays despite having plenty of speed.

"It's not outrageous to be trying 2,400 metres (12 furlongs) with such a horse. He is by a son of Galileo and his dam is by Monsun and won over 2,300 metres."

Following this announcement, Vadeni was instantly cut in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe betting. Paddy Power went as short as 6/1, while Unibet currently offers to top price, having cut Vadeni into 12/1 from 20s.

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