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Vadeni new Coral-Eclipse favourite as Rouget considering supplementing for Sandown

22 Jun 2022
Jon Vine 22 Jun 2022
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  • Vadeni is the new favourite for the 2022 Coral-Eclipse Stakes
  • This historic Group One will be run at Sandown on Saturday 2nd July
  • Jean-Claude Rouget's star was last seen winning the Prix du Jockey Club and could now be supplemented for Sandown
Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon (L) riding Vadeni leads ahead of Spanish Ioritz Mendizabal (3L) riding El Bodegon and British jockey William Buick (2L) riding Modern Games during the 182nd edition of The Prix du Jockey-Club. (Getty)

Impressive French Derby winner, Vadeni has jumped to the head of the betting for the 2022 Coral-Eclipse, after connections confirmed they would be supplementing their star for this Group One at Sandown.

Last year, St Mark's Basilica followed victory in the Prix du Jockey Club by winning the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. Vadeni ran out a hugely impressive winner of that Classic last month, comfortably seeing off El Bodegon and Modern Games by five lengths, and it seems like Jean-Claude Rouget's will attempt to follow in his predecessor's footsteps.

Georges Rimaud, racing manager to Vadeni's owner The Aga Khan in France, told the press that Vadeni was likely to be supplemented for this massive Group One at Sandown.

"It's more than a thought at this stage. It is very likely he will be supplemented for the Eclipse Stakes." Rimaud said at Chantilly this weekend.

"He may have a little breeze according to what Jean-Claude feels but he is ready and in good form, having taken his run in the Jockey Club very well. Speaking today, it's all systems go."

Race sponsors Coral has originally listed Native Trail as their market leader for the Eclipse. However, after Vadeni's plans became clear, Coral have made the French Derby winner their clear favourite.

Coral's David Stevens told RacingInsider.com, "St Mark's Basilica followed up his Prix Du Jockey Club victory with success in the Coral-Eclipse last year, and we make Vadeni favourite to complete the same double following the news that the Aga Khan's colt could be added to the Sandown showpiece."

Native Trail sits second in the betting, ahead of John Gosden's Mishriff and Tattersalls Gold Cup winner, Alenquer. Sir Michael Stoute's Bay Bridge is another likely runner, along with Queen Anne Stakes runner-up, Real World and Irish Derby Trial winner Stone Age, who was confirmed for the Eclipse by Aidan O'Brien this week.

*2022 Coral-Eclipse Betting with Coral*
5-2 Vadeni, 11-4 Native Trail, 4/1 Mishriff, 5/1 Alenquer, Bay Bridge, State Of Rest, 6/1 Baaeed, Coroebus, 8/1 Lord North, Real World, 10/1 Stone Age, 12/1 Tuesday, 16/1 Bar

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