‘It’s like King Kong’ – Appleby says Arc is still in the mix for Adayar | horse racing news

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Adayar: Traveling at home according to Charlie Appleby

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By Louis Porteous

On Thursday, Charlie Appleby gave a great update on the progress of the 2021 Derby winner Adayarwho will remain in the account Qatar Arc de Triomphe Award In the last stage of the confiscation on Monday.

After a long absence, Adayar is back at work With easy success in racing terms At the Doncaster meeting in St. Leger, leaving Appleby leaning toward the Qipco Champion Stakes in Ascot on October 15 for his next start.

That plan is still a possibility but has given a decent ground at Longchamp on Sunday week, Appleby said the “probability” is that Adayar will take his chance in Paris.

“There is no concrete plan yet,” Appleby said. “He’s going to work on Saturday and if we’re happy with that work, we’ll leave him in Sagittarius on Monday and have a look at him afterwards. Most importantly, we’ll keep an eye on the Earth.”

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Adayar is back for the season with an easy win at the St Leger meet in Doncaster

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“We know what it could be like and I don’t want him to have to face what he went through last year [in the Arc]. Admittedly, the race didn’t run to our liking, but it was in very test conditions and then we backed it up on Champions Day.

“The mentality is still Heroes’ Day, but if Sagittarius comes across as reasonable ground, we know this time of year you have to go where the Earth is. If I say I’m going to wait for Champions Day and all of a sudden there’s no bottom there, I’m kicking myself because I might miss an opportunity In an arc on decent ground. I’ll keep it on Monday with an open view.”

Since Adayar’s victory over Doncaster, William Haggas has ruled the Baaeed, the highest-ranked horse in Europe, from Arc to Champion Stakes, but Appleby said those plans did not affect his thinking.

He added, “You do what’s best for the horses at the end of the day. The Baaeed are doing what they think is best for their horses and we’ll do what’s right for the Adayar. We’ll go where the ground is right and if we want to get a reasonable ground in the bow, chances are we’ll take our chance. That being the case, we’ll just wait and gamble as to what we’ll face on Champions Day.”

After winning the King George derby at Ascot last year, Adayar finished fourth against Torquator Tasso on heavy ground in the arc before finishing in a well-loathed fifth on good to soft ground in the Champion Stakes.

According to Appleby, it has been a “long way” to get Adayar back to his peak after these two runs by just 13 days apart, but he couldn’t be happier with his current state.

“He’s out of Doncaster and he thinks he’s King Kong again and that’s what you need,” the coach said. “When he finished last season with two hard races in that grounds, it takes a lot of horse to get back from him sometimes. He has regained his charm and is 100 per cent the horse that won the derby, if not better.”

Adayar is an 11-1 best price with Paddy Power and Betfair Sportsbook for the Arc, a race Appleby left out of Hurricane Lane last year.


Qatar Prize Arc de Triomphe, Longchamp, 2 October

William Hill: 4 Luxembourg, 7 Alpinista, 8 Adayar, Torquator Tasso, 9 holders, 12 Onesto, 14 Vadeni, 20 bar


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First published at 3:07pm on Sep 22, 2022