Christophe Soumillon is a jockey of world-wide renown and he has ridden winners pretty much everywhere. The Belgian is primarily based in France and is due to fly over to Ireland for one ride at the Curragh on Sunday. The horse in question also hails from France and the pair look set to have a cracking chance at claiming a Group 1 prize. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.
Vadeni was quite some horse last season, winning top races in both his native France and Britain. He was a little below-par on his seasonal reappearance in Longchamp’s Prix Ganay last month. It’s reasonable to expect plenty of improvement however and we should see a much sharper horse this time around. Jean-Claude Rouget’s colt is no stranger to Ireland as he came over for the Irish Champion Stakes in September, finishing third to Luxembourg on that occasion.
You can’t ignore his form from last season and he looks particularly dangerous here. He absolutely bolted up in last year’s Prix du Jockey Club and followed that up with a narrow success in the Eclipse at Sandown. Keeping on nicely to finish second in the Arc back in October, he was only beaten by a narrow margin that day.
Connections could quite easily have shipped this very talented horse off to stud but have decided to keep him in training. That in itself is a sign of confidence and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was to find some improvement this year, as he should be a stronger and more mature horse at four.
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