Mogul, Anthony Van Dyck Could Target Arc De Triomphe After Weekend Victories

This Sunday ParisLongchamp was hosting to Qatar Arc Trials day. Just three weeks before Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, three separate events give us some clues before the big day.

• In the three-year-old colts division, the Irish-trained Mogul made a huge impression when dominating the field in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Group 1).

• The distaff division saw another success for the Irish as Tarnawa took the Qatar Prix Vermeille, carrying the prestigious colours of HH The Aga Khan and ridden to perfection by adopted Frenchman Christophe Soumillon.

• And in the older horse division, they contested the Qatar Prix Foy… yet another Irish winner thanks to the mighty Anthony Van Dyck.

The betting for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe following Sunday’s racing :

  • Love Ireland 6/4
  • Enable England 2/1
  • Magical Ireland 12/1
  • Ghaiyyath England 14/1
  • Mishriff England 14/1
  • Tiger Moth Ireland 14/1
  • Stradivarius England 16/1
  • Mogul Ireland 20/1
  • Raabihah France 20/1
  • Sottsass France 20/1

JUDDMONTE GRAND PRIX DE PARIS

Irish-trained Mogul (Galileo) landed the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris in impressive style. Keeping it in the family: Mogul’s full brother Japan himself was an outstanding winner of this very race last season!

Mogul gave his trainer Aidan O’Brien a third consecutive win in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris, having been successful with Japan in 2019 and Kew Gardens – another son of the world-famous stallion Galileo – in 2018.

Always faithful to his team, but owing to the restrictions in place due to Covid-19, Aidan O’Brien called up crack French jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot to take the ride Mogul. Pierre-Charles, nicknamed “PC” by his fans, actually won his very first Group 1 (race at the highest level) of his career in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris when riding a horse owned by the same connections, Gallante, trained by André Fabre, back in July 2014.

Mogul hasn’t had the perfect career and doesn’t have a solid string of successes to his name, unlike some of the champions trained by Aidan O’Brien. But he has always been held in very high regard by his connections and was regularly chosen as the number one choice for Coolmore by the stable jockey.

Having only finished 6th in the Epsom Derby in July 2020, Mogul finally claimed his first Group 1 success in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris and is now amongst the favourites for next month’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Pierre-Charles Boudot, jockey of Mogul (1st) :

« His trainer really was confident. When I had him on the phone before the course he explained to me that he was a horse that needed to be held up a bit, but had a huge turn of foot and that the longer I could wait, the better, as he doesn’t do too much in front. There was no pressure and I let the others do the work. The pace was nice and constant. Turning in I had a feeling that I was going to get a run down the rail and the horse just picked them off one by one, he gave me his all just to the line, he was perfect. When I saw the pacemaker was still four or five lengths clear I knew that I would have plenty of time to make my move as he came back to me, the perfect scenario.

Coolmore is one of the biggest breeding operations in the world and it is always a pleasure, and honour to ride and to win for them. We will see if I get the ride on him in the Arc, it should be interesting! »

Mogul could find himself amongst the line-up for Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. But there is a chance Pierre-Charles Boudot may not be able to ride him and may have to side with Persian King (Kingman)recent impressive winner of the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp.

Francis-Henri Graffard, trainer of In Swoop (2nd) :

« Before the race, I would have been happy with second place, that’s a great run. We were worried that he might have been found out for a bit of speed. He just keeps grafting away and Ronan knows him, he knows to keep after him. Just as I was hoping, he has finished off really strongly. Two weeks ago I would have never thought that he would have come here in such good condition, he takes his work well. I kept him going in strong work throughout the summer, he is very straightforward and willing. I think a softer ground would play to his strengths. He holds an entry in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1), the Qatar Prix Chaudenay (Gr2) and the Grosser Preis von Bayern (Gr1): I will have a discussion with the owners and we will come to a decision »

The horse should run in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

QATAR PRIX VERMEILLE

After Mogul’s victory in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris, Ireland took a second Group 1 of the day at ParisLongchamp – the Qatar Prix Vermeille – thanks to Tarnawa (Shamardal), a filly owned by HH The Aga Khan and ridden by Christophe Soumillon.

Having been held up towards the rear of mid-division, the filly coasted through the field as they took the ‘false homestretch’ towed along by the O’Brien-trained Laburnum (Galileo). She then showed a lightning turn of foot to devour long time leader Dame Malliot (Champs Elysées) who set the early fractions under Frankie Dettori, his favourite position!

Tarnawa went on to cross the winning line with a healthy three-length margin over her rivals..

Today, Tarnawa – a well-bred compact filly bursting with a devastating turn of foot –could easily have reminded us of a certain Zarkava, the second last winner of the Vermeille for HH The Aga Khan…

The French-trained favourite for the race, Raabihah (Sea The Stars) finished strongly and got the better of Dame Malliot in the battle for second place having been sat in the last place as the field turned into the home straight.

Mark Weld, assistant to his father Dermot Weld, trainer of Tarnawa (1st) :

« She is a marvellous filly. The Prix Vermeille is a very, very prestigious race and she needed to be good to win there. S.he has lots of speed and class and deserves a Group 1 win She was very impressive when winning a Group 2 au Curragh last year, just like last month in a Group 3 at Cork. We have a lot of hopes for her and she is very straightforward. The whole family have got better with age, particularly the females. She is a pleasure to train and we are very lucky to have her. I have just spoken to my father and we will have a look at the next step, she holds an entry in the Prix de l’Opéra (Groupe 1), and she is comfortable over 2.000m, so that’s a possibility”

The filly therefore will not take part in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Christophe Soumillon, jockey of Tarnawa (1st) :

« When I saw Cristian taking back on the favourite early on I wasn’t expecting that. He normally rides her quite offensively and I was planning on taking a lead off her. So I said to myself, that not to worry, I will take another position. Frankie Dettori stayed a long time out in the middle and when I saw that it was going to bunch up I spotted Pierre-Charles Boudot up ahead in third. So I wheeled out from behind Vincent Cheminaud and took a leadoff Pierre-Charles. He brought me along perfectly into the final few furlongs. After that I only had to ask her to go about her work, it’s a pleasure to ride one like that in a good race, always in my hands. We have been waiting for that for a while and its great! For the Arc, we will need to sit down and have a talk, it’s a hot race this year and it’s certainly not the same level as today. It’s the world championships, with 18 or 20 runners, things don’t happen as easily as they did today. We will have to see. She is very nice and we will have fun for the remainder of the year”

Jean-Claude Rouget, trainer of Raabihah (2nd) :

“She ran well, but now she is against tougher rivals. She is changing category, she has proved that she is the best three-year-old filly in France. We will see how she is over the next two weeks, but if she is well in herself she will run in the Arc”

QATAR PRIX FOY

The Irish Anthony Van Dyck (Galileo) set out to make every post a winning one in the Qatar Prix Foy (Group 2). Sent straight to the lead, he went on to fend off all challengers up the home straight. The win meant that the Irish secured a perfect three from three in the preparation races for next month’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Group 1).

His biggest rival, Stradivarius (Sea the Stars), was a persistent challenger. But for the long-distance specialist, today’s 2.400m trip meant that he couldn’t show his true quality.

Mickaël Barzalona, jockey of Anthony Van Dyck (1st) :

“We jumped off easily and I found myself in front, I left him to find a rhythm and let him go along bit by bit. I had a bit of trouble getting him to stretch out at the finish but once he sensed the attack of Stradivarius he pulled away again. I wasn’t too worried because Stradivarius, as we see each time, makes up ground easily but sometimes gets caught for a bit of acceleration. He never comes in progression, getting a lead from the others. Turning in I gave him a breather before winding him up, I think my horse enjoyed that! In my opinion, he has every right to a place at the start of the Arc. He gets into a good rhythm and just keeps galloping in a straight and true line”

Bjorn Nielsen, owner and breeder of Stradivarius (1er) :

“ They have walked there and Frankie though he should have gone in front. The race has turned into a sprint and we were only beaten a neck. I don’t know if he will run in the Arc, i need to speak with John Gosden but given how that race was run I wouldn’t rule it out. The ground conditions on the day will not play a huge part, he goes better on good ground but can handle soft if needed”

Stradivarius could run in the Arc.

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