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Christophe Soumillon and Vadeni will be back in action at Sandown on Saturday following their five length romp in the Prix du Jockey Club
By Scott Burton, France correspondent
Impressive French Derby winner Vadeni has been added to a potentially star-studded line-up for Saturday’s £750,000 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and is one of five Group 1 winners to go forward after Monday’s confirmation and supplementary stages.
The top six in the market have all stood their ground and are among 11 runners in contention, with Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Native Trail set to step up to a mile and a quarter for the first time.
Jean-Claude Rouget and the Aga Khan confirmed Vadeni’s Eclipse participation to the Racing Post after he came through his final piece of work on Monday morning in Deauville.
A five-length winner of the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club at the start of the month, Vadeni was supplemented at a cost of £50,000.
“Everything is on track with Vadeni, who worked well this morning,” said Georges Rimaud, racing and stud manager to the Aga Khan. “It wasn’t an extravagant piece of work because he is already in top form and didn’t need anything too searching.
“But the gallop went well and Jean-Claude Rouget is satisfied with the horse. He has been supplemented this morning as per the plan.”
The homebred son of Churchill was well-supported when news that he was likely to head to Sandown emerged a little over a week ago and he is 9-4 favorite with sponsors Coral.
Clerk of the course Andrew Cooper described the decision to pitch Vadeni in against a talented Classic crop as well as top older horses such as Bay Bridge and Real World as “very sporting”.
Cooper eased the going at Sandown to good all round on Monday after two showers totaling four millimeters of rain, although the outlook for the rest of the week is largely dry with the chance of a couple of light, fast-moving showers.
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Native Trail: set to step up to 1m2f for the first time in the Coral-Eclipse
At the same stage last year only five horses were in contention for the Eclipse and Cooper welcomed both the size and quality of the five-day acceptors.
“We can all look at those 11 and anticipate that they might not all run, but hopefully we’d be looking at eight runners and three each-way places,” said Cooper, who has overseen every Eclipse going back to 1994.
“The Coral-Eclipse is a race that in terms of make-up and volume will always vary from year to year. Most of the time it doesn’t get a huge field, although in Falbrav’s year I think we had 15 runners.
“The first thing I always look for, almost regardless of field size, is the three-year-olds taking on their elders and here and now, it ticks that box in spades.”
Cooper added: “To have a Classic winner in Native Trail stepping up in trip is great and the French Derby winner was a superb and thrilling story for us when the news broke. It’s really very sporting and a decision to be applauded.”
Two top-class older horses who have yet to win at the highest level are Bay Bridgewho chased home State Of Rest in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, and realworldwho has twice run into Baaeed over a mile this season.
Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
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Bay Bridge could be set to return to the venue of his Brigadier Gerard Stakes romp on Saturday
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Mishriff is due to make his first start since the Saudi Cup in February while John and Thady Gosden could also field Lord Northa dual winner of the Dubai Turf whose blindfold remained stuck over his head for the opening strides of the Prince of Wales’s under a luckless Frankie Dettori.
William Haggas remains doubly represented with Tattersalls Gold Cup winner Alenquer still involved alongside Dubai Honorwho also holds an entry in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud over a mile and a half on Sunday.
Also doubly-entered is High Definitionwho pushed Alenquer all the way in the Tattersalls Gold Cup last month before finishing third to Hukum in the Coronation Cup.
Coral: 9-4 Vadeni, 7-2 Native Trail, 5 Bay Bridge, 6 Real World, 8 Alenquer, 9 Stone Age, 10 Mishriff, 14 Lord North, 20 Dubai Honour, 25 Aikhal, 33 High Definition
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