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Sir Michael Stoute has picked up 11 Group 1 victories in France during a busy career, although the Prix Ganay has so far eluded him. Bay Bridge will try to fill that hole in the master trainer’s CV when he lines up at ParisLongchamp, live on Sky Sports Racing.

The Newmarket manager was set to send last season’s Champion Stakes hero to Sandown for his first round of his five-year campaign but decided against facing former Derby winner Adayar in the Gordons Friday’s Richards Stakes, which is perhaps just as well given the facility was ultimately scrapped.

Instead, he will lock horns with Vadeni, who beat him in the Coral-Eclipse, and fellow Group One Place Du Carrousel scorers Onesto and Iresine, who are part of an eight-man field in the contest. extended 10 furlongs from Sunday.

Bay Bridge started 2022 by winning Group Three Brigadier Gerard at Sandown in thrilling fashion and was then beaten by a length by State Of Rest in the Prince of Wales’s Stake at Royal Ascot.

While things didn’t go to plan when he was hampered as Eclipse favorite, he took Baaeed’s unbeaten record and held off Adayar on his final start to claim the Group One laurels. at Ascot.

James Wigan, who co-owns the New Bay son with Ballylinch Stud, explained the thinking behind the switch from a planned outing in Esher to a trip to Paris.

“I think he’s fine and overwintered well,” he said. “Sir Michael was thinking of going to Sandown and we changed our minds.

“Sandown was our original thought but then he would have gotten a penalty for being Group One winner after August so being 7lbs worse with Adayar would have meant he would have a tough race anyway so we thought that he could just as well have a difficult race in a Group One as in a Group Three.

“There are a few more Group 1 winners and it won’t be easy, but he’s racing with equal weights and that’s a good starting point.”

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Bay Bridge wins the Champion Stakes at Ascot

Bay Bridge looks set for another big season with mid-summer goals fluid at the moment.

Wigan added: “There will be the usual pattern of races for him. You have the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the end of May and then there is the Prince of Wales, where he finished second last year. You have things like the Juddmonte International. You have to take them one at a time. I’m sure Sir Michael knows where he’ll want to go, but it’s a good place to start.

The other British raider is Real worldcoached by Saeed bin Suroor, who was unfortunate enough to be second to the brilliant Baaeed in Lockinge and Queen Anne at Royal Ascot last year.

The Godolphin manager hopes he can break his Group One duck this term, with Oisin Murphy coming in for the round six, but thinks the Ganay could be a tall order.

Ghiani celebrates as Real World win the Strensall Stakes in York
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Marco Ghiani celebrates as Real World win the Strensall Stakes at York

Bin Suroor said: “We are going to France and it will be like a preparation for the Lockinge. When he goes to the Lockinge, this race will have put him on the right track. The Lockinge is a mile, but he won on a mile and a quarter in a Listed race at Newbury.

“France is shaping up to be a very tough race. We see it as preparation for Lockinge, but it would be nice if he could win. He’s very good and we’re very happy with him.”

Jean Claude Rouget Vadeni finished second to Alpinista in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe when beaten by half a length.

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Christophe Soumillon thinks Vadeni will improve for racing in the Prix Ganay with Royal Ascot goals ahead.

Christophe Soumillon is the regular rider of Churchill’s colt and considers the Ganay to be a remarkably competitive race this season.

“I’m very happy to see him back on the track,” the jockey told Sky Sports Racing. “He worked very well on Tuesday, we all know the horse is not 100% fit and it’s the first race of the season. He’s definitely going to have a tough season, we couldn’t believe the Ganay would be so strong.

“I’ve been in this business for 25 years and I’ve never seen a Ganay with so many Group 1 horses. It’s like a solid Champion Stakes race or, with fewer runners, the Arc – it’s a tough race.”

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