Derby Winner Adayar To Miss Arc Engagement In Favour Of Champion Stakes

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing


2021 Epsom Derby winner Adayar for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin will now be aimed at the Group One Champion Stakes at Ascot on British Champions Day and will miss his entry in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The son of Frankel has been a star for the yard, finishing fourth on debut in October 2020 at Nottingham over 8.5 furlongs when looking to learn a lot for the experience.

He then went back over the same course and distance later that month and got off the mark for the first time in his career, taking the event by an impressive nine lengths.

Saved for his three year old campaign, he made his return in the Group Three Classic Trial at Sandown in April and finished a staying on second behind a Alenquer for William Haggas.

He was then stepped up in trip for the Listed Derby Trial at Lingfield and finished a fair second again behind Third Realm who was better on the day.

With his form falling short last year before the Derby, he was overlooked to begin with but the closer the race came the more that punters latched onto him and in the end he went on to win easily by close to five lengths under a superb ride by Adam Kirby

Adayar then went to Ascot and backed up that run when taking the Group One King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes from Mishriff and Love.

He finished off last term by running in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe when finishing a valiant fourth behind some top class horses and then in Champion Stakes where the race came too early after the Arc.

Having picked up a setback heading into this season he has only been seen once and it was in a three runner Conditions Stakes at Doncaster where he ran out an easy winner.

Adayar has been waited on all season with the yard being very patient with him and now they have made the decision to skip the Arc and have another crack at the Champion Stakes at Ascot.

A tweet on Godolphin’s Twitter account said: “Following discussions yesterday, it has been decided that Adayar will miss the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and will instead head to the Champion Stakes at Ascot, where conditions are likely to suit him better.”

The colt will now have to take on the 1/4 unbeaten favourite Baaeed for the first time with Adayar being a general 7/2 chance.