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GODOLPHIN target their first win in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in almost 20 years with Cazoo Derby winner Adayar who has resumed full training after a minor setback.
This winner of this year’s Cazoo Derby and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes was to have had a prep run in France before contesting the Arc at Longchamp on October 3.
However, Adayar missed two days training due to a reported minor leg infection and trainer Charlie Appleby confirmed he will now go straight to the Arc which Godolphin won in 2001 with Sakhee and 2002 with Marienbard. Before the founding of Godolphin, founder Sheikh Mohammed also won the 1994 Arc with the Andre Fabre-trained Carnegie.
“Adayar missed a couple of days, and after discussions, we felt there was no need to press on to a trial (for the Arc). So, the decision was made to head straight to the Arc,” Appleby told the Godolphin website.
“He has resumed full training, and as a Derby and King George winner, he fully deserves to be running in what is shaping up to be a vintage Arc.”
Speaking ahead of the Cazoo St Leger, where the betting is headed by Adayar’s stablemate Hurricane Lane, Appleby indicated that both may contest the Arc.
“We are lucky to have two very good middle-distance horses on our hands,” Appleby added. “And if both are fit and well, we will run the pair of them in the Arc”.
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