Vada’ voom in Prix du Moulin
Vadamos ran out a clear-cut winner of the Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp at Chantilly.
Andre Fabre, trainer of Vadamos
The Andre Fabre-trained five-year-old came close to breaking his Group One duck when narrowly denied by Richard Fahey's Ribchester in last month's Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville and was 3/1 to go one better on Arc trials day.
Zarak, a son of the great racemare Zarkava and runner-up to Irish Champion Stakes hero Almanzor on his last two starts, took up a pacesetting role early on, but Vincent Cheminaud committed early aboard Vadamos and sent him on before the home turn.
This proved a crucial move as Vadamos took a couple of lengths out of the field and while Spectre got rolling late, Fabre's charge had flown and passed the post comfortably ahead.
Prix Jean Prat winner and hot favourite Zelzal just beat Zarak to third.
Fabre indicated that race could be an option, saying: "He is a very good horse.
"As he is now five and his co-owner is from Australia, he might go for the Cox Plate or to Ascot (Queen Elizabeth II Stakes). The Breeders' Cup Mile is another option.
"He is a miler that likes the good ground. He was quite a difficult horse at the start of the year but now he settles well."
The only British-trained participant, the Charlie Hills-trained Dutch Connection, finished last of the six runners.
Hills said: "Nothing really went right for him. He was just too keen and having run over six and a half (furlongs) last time it might just have sharpened him a bit.
"He seemed fine after that. I need to get him home first and speak to John Ferguson (Godolphin racing manager) and make a plan as to where he goes next."