The first of the two middle distance Classics at Chantilly, the Prix du Jockey Club, went the way of Vadeni for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget and jockey Christophe Soumillon.
Able to track the pace from a kind draw in gate two, the son of Churchill appreciated the rain-softened ground to score decisively by five lengths.
The colt had been allowed to drift in the market from 11/2 in the morning to 8-1, as punters instead landed on Al Hakeem – his stablemate, sent off at 7/2.
Charlie Appleby has been the story of the season so far, winning the Irish 2000 Guineas, French 2000 Guineas and English 2000 Guineas with three different colts. French 2000 Guineas winner Modern Games finished third in the Prix du Jockey Club. Supporters may points to his wide berth in 13 but it was unlikely he would live with Vadeni from any draw.
El Bodegon finished best of the raiders in second.
It's a fifth Prix du Jockey Club for Jean-Claude Rouget as Vadeni bounds clear to win the Group One in stunning fashion at @fgchantilly for @AgaKhanStuds under @CSoumillon! 👏 pic.twitter.com/60E0jmzXMV
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) June 5, 2022
In a busy weekend for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe antepost list, Vadeni was installed as the second choice at a general 7-1. William Hill are currently standout at 8-1.