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Vadeni, the winner of the Prix du Jockey Club and the Coral-Eclipse, will continue to train in the coming year with the Aga Khan’s homebred’s ultimate goal being a second attempt at the Qatar Prix de l’Arc.

When Vadeni pursued Alpinista all the way to the finish line in the Arc on Sunday, he dismissed worries about whether his brilliance could be sustained over a mile and a half.

Princess Zahra Aga Khan emphasised the value of breeding stallions to the Racing Post in the immediate aftermath of the Longchamp race, though she clarified that no decision had been made regarding Vadeni specifically. It appears that the team’s internal discussions in the wake of the race led them to the conclusion that Vadeni still has more to offer before starting his stud duties.

“He’s come out of Sunday very well and he’ll have a deserved quiet time over the winter ahead of coming back into training next year,” said the Aga Khan’s racing and stud manager in France, Georges Rimaud

Following Vadeni’s valiant second place finish in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, Christophe Soumillon gave him a pat.

Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget is probably going to campaign Vadeni less sparingly than with some of the very best middle-distance horses, so all the top mile-and-a-quarter races are likely to be on the table.

“We are looking for him to build his career further at four on the way to running again in the Arc,” said Rimaud. “You could see him starting in a race like the Ganay or the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and then you have races like the Juddmonte and the Irish Champion.

“Everything will depend on how he goes early on and what the opposition is. We’ll see how he is early in the year but for now the horse deserves a proper break.”

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