Longchamp staged three trials for next months Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday afternoon with the Qatar Prix Vermeille, Qatar Prix Niel and Qatar Prix Foy. While victories for Kitesurf and Brundtland in the first two named contests hardly caused a ripple in the ante-post market for Europe’s richest race Waldgeist’s emphatic win in the 1m 4f Group 2 elevated the son of Galileo into as short as 8-1 to give trainer Andre Fabre an eighth success, his most recent coming with Rail Link back in 2006.
Prior to May this year the four-year-old looked anything but a potential Arc winner, his best effort being a short head second in the French Derby before four defeats followed. The mount of Pierre-Charles Boudot got back to winning ways when easily taking the Group 3 Prix d’Hedouville at Longchamp four months ago after which further wins followed at Chantilly and Saint-Cloud before the Prix Foy where the colt produced his most impressive performance to date.
Sent off the 11-8 industry favourite Waldgeist was held up at the back of the six runners as Japanese challenger Clincher made the running until Talismanic, also trained by Fabre, hit the front under Mickael Barzalona. Passing the entire field in the straight and coming home a comfortable two and a half lengths in front of his stablemate, the winner now rates the chief home hope against the likes of defending champion Enable, Sea Of Class and Cracksman in three weeks time.
Kitesurf and Brundtland, winner of the other two trials, are available at 25-1 ( Ladbrokes ) and 33-1 ( Skybet ) respectively for the Qatar-sponsored contest behind general 5-4 favourite Enable who made such an eye-catching seasonal reappearance on Kempton’s all-weather last week.
Superstar Enable wins at Kempton Park.— Nick Quinn (@Quinny_1) September 8, 2018
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