“It’s Far From Gambling” – Eclipse hero Fadini Advances on a Journey to Ark | horse racing news

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Fadini and Christophe Summillon will line up at the arch on Sunday

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By Scott Burton, France correspondent

Fadini will head up a home challenge for the next month Qatar Arc de Triomphe Award After diverting from the original collision course at Ascot with Europe’s leading horse he was driven away.

The winner of the Eclipse and Prix du Jockey Club was expected to battle the undefeated winner of the Juddmonte International Baaeed at the Qipco Champion Stakes next month, but the Aga Khan team and coach Jean-Claude Roget opted to raise the colt one half mile for the first time in the arc in 2 October.

Although George Remo, Director of Racing at the Aga Khan, acknowledged that a target far in the fall had been brought up in the discussions, he stressed that it was not the main influence on the decision to redirect Fadini to Longchamp with the weather forecast providing encouragement on possible ground conditions. In Paris.

Vadeni’s presence is a huge boost to the Arc home team, as Paddy Power and Betfair cut him to 6-1 (from 14). Luxembourg, who put Fadini back in third place when he won the Irish League Championship in Leopardstown, are the overall favorites 4-1.

Raymaud told the Racing Post: “We’ve decided that France’s outlook looks better than England’s, so we’re going to stay here and take advantage of the dry spell. Of course when we discussed where to go, the name Baaeed came up but it’s not the primary factor in our decision.

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Fadini (green silk) haunts home Luxembourg and Onesto in Irish Champion Stakes

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“It’s really a question in the first place to take advantage of prospects and territory. Hopefully we can go to what suits him in Paris and that’s why we decided to go there.”

Vadeni earned the same rating for his Prix du Jockey Club victory as the Desert Crown in Epsom’s derby 24 hours ago – a rare feat for a Chantilly Classic winner – and cemented his reputation when he defeated an older opponent for the first time at Coral. Clip in Sandown.

He was pushed out by the favorites 7-4 in the Irish Champion Stakes this month but after a turbulent run he was unable to capture the leader on tough ground.

Rouget and Rimaud seem to have come close to the idea that a safer surface would better see Churchill’s son and with little forecast for rain, Vadeni is ready to try and give the Aga Khan a fifth win in the first all-age race in Europe and third for jockey Christophe Summillon.

“This is far from a gamble,” Raymaud said, considering the decision to go up a mile and a half. “He’s a horse that won over 2,100m and so he stays despite his great speed.”

“It is not a disgrace to try for 2,400 metres [a mile and a half] With such a horse. He’s the son of Galileo and he’s blocked by Monson and won over 2,300 metres.”

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George Remo: Director of the Aga Khan Races

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Sumilon, winner of the Arc on Dalakhani in 2003 and Zarkava five years later, welcomed the decision, although he thinks the mile-and-a-half trip is a valid concern.

Speaking to Equidia, he said: “I am delighted to have such a ride in the arc. Apart from anything else, he is a super horse who showed a very high level of form when winning the Prix du Jockey Club.

“We’re ambitious. A lot will depend on certain factors, I think most of all, the land. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him finish the first three.”

“The [stamina] The suspicion is correct, Fadini is very strong at an altitude of 2000 and 2100 meters. But I think he can do well at 2400. At his best, Fdini is capable of extraordinary things, as he showed on the day he won the Jockey Club.”

The first forfeiture phase of the arc begins next Monday morning, with the final announcement on Thursday.

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