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"It's an interesting one and we look forward to it" - French star Vadeni ready for Coral-Eclipse test

Last updated: 29 Jun 2022
Jon Vine 29 Jun 2022
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  • Key quotes from connections of Vadeni heading into the Coral-Eclipse
  • This historic Group One takes place at Sandown on Saturday 2nd July
  • Read what connections of current favourite Vadeni have had to say
  • Real World has been ruled out with injury
Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon riding Vadeni crosses the finish line to win the 182nd edition of The Prix du Jockey-Club at Chantilly. (Getty)

French raider Vadeni tops the market for the 2022 Coral-Eclipse Stakes, following an easy victory in the Prix du Jockey Club.
Jean-Claude Rouget's three-year-old landed his first Group One at Chantilly earlier this month, thrashing El Bodegon and Modern Games by five lengths. Following that Classic victory, Rouget said his star would be supplemented for the Coral-Eclipse, and they stable have been true to their word.

Georges Rimaud, racing manager to Vadeni's owner the Aga Khan, spoke to Sky Sports on Wednesday and said it was "all systems go" for Sandown on Saturday.

"Everything is fine. I was sent a message after the horse worked yesterday and all the lights are green." Rimaud said.

"He wasn't asked very much, but he worked well in Deauville on the racecourse and as he's in great form, he didn't really need any more than what he did."

"The ground was what we call good in France and he had a very nice action, so we decided to go ahead and supplement him as we had planned."

"It is exciting. We certainly liked his performance in the French Derby - he showed a very good turn of foot, which impressed us," Rimaud added.

"Personally what he did in the Jockey Club did not surprise me much because I knew he was going to use that turn of foot. Jean-Claude always had great belief in him, we were pleased with the Jockey Club finish and we need to exploit this now.

"He's not over-raced - he's raced six times now - and going against the older horses is probably a task, but it's an interesting one and we look forward to it.

"This is the only race really available to us over that distance in a Group One and with a good timing from the Prix du Jockey Club.

"I think he will travel very early on Friday morning, settle down and get on with the job on Saturday. It is going to be a challenge, but we're ready to take it on."

Vadeni tops a classy field of seven runners that will take part in Saturday's main event at Sandown. Sitting second in the market is fellow Classic winner Native Trail, who was last seen winning the Irish 2000 Guineas.

William Haggas has entered both Alenquer and Dubai Honour, with Sir Michael Stoute running Prince Of Wales's Stakes second, Bay Bridge. John Gosden will also have two runners on Saturday, with both Mishriff and Lord North set to take their chance.

Frankie Dettori, who rode Golden Horn and Enable to victory for Gosden in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes, will not be on either Mishriff or Lord North, after the trainer and jockey announced an end to their partnership last Friday.

Dettori had been pencilled in to ride Lockinge and Queen Anne Stakes runner-up, Real World for Saeed Bin Suroor. Sadly, Frankie's chances of winning a fifth Eclipse were shattered on Wednesday, when Bin Suroor revealed his stable star had suffered a setback.

"Frankie is our man, but unfortunately the horse (Real World) is not going to run," Bin Suroor told Sky Sports.

"Frankie has been my friend for the last 30 years - we have travelled all over the world together and we wanted to use him, but unfortunately the horse coughed and scoped badly, so we decided not to run. It is disappointing, but you don't run when they are not well."

*Coral-Eclipse Stakes betting with Coral*
6/4 Vadeni, 10/3 Native Trail, 7/2 Bay Bridge, 13/2 Mishriff, 7/1 Alenquer, 16/1 Lord North, 25/1 Dubai Honour

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