Vadeni became the first French-trained horse to win the Eclipse Stakes since 1960 when he was successful in this year’s renewal of the Group One contest at Sandown. The French Derby winner got the better of Mishriff, Native Trail and Bay Bridge in the 1m2f prestigious race.
Under the hands of his regular rider Christophe Soumillon, the pair trailed the six-runner field for the majority of the race, but once he was asked to quicken, the three-year-old showed an impressive turn of foot.
Vadeni followed in the footsteps of St Mark’s Basilica who completed the Prix du Jockey Club and Eclipse double in the same season in 2021. His latest win opens the door for a number of major European races this season.
Jean-Claude Rouget’s runner could be back in the UK later this season for the International Stakes at York. He is 3/1 in the horse racing betting to prevail in the Group One race at the Ebor Festival.
Vadeni is also likely to be one of the popular horse racing tips for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. He has yet to feature over 1m4f, however, he is now the second favourite for that race behind Desert Crown.
No French-trained Horse Has Won International Stakes
The Eclipse winner will be bidding to become the first French-trained horse to prevail in the International Stakes this year. Rouget has won major races in the USA, UK and France, but success at York would rank as one of the best victories of his career.
The International Stakes has been dominated by UK and Irish-trained horses since it was inaugurated in 1972. However, it was won by the Italian-trained Electrocutionist in 2005, while in 1987, US-trainer Patrick Biancone came out on top with Triptych.
One stat which will encourage Rouget and the Vadeni team is that three-year-olds have a good record in recent years. Two of the last four winners have been won by the age group. Roaring Lion came out on top in 2018 after winning the Eclipse earlier that season, while in 2019, Japan gave Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien a record-equalling sixth success.
Clash with Baaeed and Desert Crown Could Be Highlight of Season
This year’s International Stakes may be the first time that Vadeni, Baaeed and Desert Crown all clash on a racecourse. Baaeed is the highest-rated racehorse in the world, and he is expected to step up in distance for the race at York.
Baaeed is unbeaten after making it eight wins from eight starts in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. He is expected to feature in the Sussex Stakes at Royal Ascot before the International Stakes.
Desert Crown justified the strong confidence behind him to win the Derby at Epsom back in June. The British Classic winner may be bidding to give his trainer Sir Michael Stoute a seventh win in the Group One race at York.
The son of Nathaniel has only featured three times and his best days on the track may still be ahead of him.
This year’s International Stakes is scheduled to take place on the 17th of August and there is £1 million in prize money on offer in the race.