Trainer Charlie Appleby says Adayar (3/1 to win Arc) is over his recent setback and will be heading into Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp in the ‘form of his life’.
All eyes will be on the 100th edition of Europe’s premier horse race on Sunday, with a classy field of 15 confirmed, including Godolphin star Adayar.
There had been doubts surrounding the fitness of the son of Frankel, as he was forced to miss his prep race for the Arc due to an unspecified problem, but Appleby has now confirmed the colt has overcome that setback and he is well placed to challenge for Group One glory on Sunday under the guidance of jockey William Buick.
“Any setback is never ideal,” Appleby told reporters. “We couldn’t afford to meet with another. But having hit every target we have put in front of him since, I am confident Adayar will go into the Arc in the form of his life.”
Appleby will be going two-handed into Sunday’s race, with Adayar’s stablemate, Irish Derby and St Leger winner Hurricane Lane (7/2 to win Arc), having also been confirmed and the Newmarket handler is confident regarding both his runners.
“We have seen what Hurricane Lane can do over a mile and a half, and he stays the distance well – that’s what won him the Irish Derby,” Appleby added.
“He was also an impressive winner of the Grand Prix de Paris and I felt he didn’t have to go through all the gears to win the St Leger. We are supremely privileged to have two colts of their profiles going into the Arc.”
History also beckons for both horses as Adayar is bidding to become just the third three-year-old after Mill Reef (1971) and Lammtarra (1995) to win the Arc, the Derby at Epsom and the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, while Hurricane Lane is aiming to become the first horse to win the St Leger and the Arc in the same season.
If either colt does prevail then they will also hand Appleby his maiden victory in the Arc, while it will be Godolphin’s first success in the race since Marienbard prevailed in 2002.