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It’s the clash we’ve been waiting for all season. That’s right folks, the staying superstars Stradivarius and Trueshan are finally set to meet on track a year on from their last tussle.
Stradivarius suffered a 62l defeat to Trueshan in the 2020 British Champions Long Distance Cup to suggest a changing of the guard was underway but the pair have yet to meet this campaign due to their preference for differing ground conditions.
A flop performance when seeking a fourth successive Gold Cup in June prompted questions over Stradivarius’ ability to still perform at the top level. The seven-year-old made a mockery of the doubters, however, with thrilling victories in the Lonsdale Cup and Doncaster Cup to head to Longchamp seeking a hat-trick.
Trueshan has only been seen on track three times this season placing second in the Ormonde Stakes and sixth in the Northumberland Plate before winning the Goodwood Cup.
The Prix du Cadran is the French equivalent of the Gold Cup at Ascot so prestige and a £153,054 winner’s cheque is up for grabs – and it’s no surprise that a slick 13-runner field has been declared.
Princess Zoe poses a real and present danger to the big two having claimed last year’s renewal at Longchamp. Tony Mullins’ charge beat Alkuin by ½l on the day for the biggest win of her career to date. While failing to get her head in front this season, Princess Zoe did place a creditable second in the Gold Cup behind Subjectivist.
Skazino – a two-time winner at Longchamp already this season – and Prix Gladiateur champ Bubble Smart are among the other principle threats in the field set to go to post at 2.15pm on Saturday October 2.
Prix Du Cadran 2021 Odds
Trueshan is the favourite in Paddy’s betting market for the Prix du Cadran 2021 ahead of last year’s winner Princess Zoe and Stradivarius.
The rest of Paddy’s betting market for the Prix du Cadran 2021 is priced from 14/1 to 125/1.
Prix Du Cadran 2021 Tips
Timeform: “Last year’s Prix du Cadran winner Princess Zoe is back to defend her crown, but she faces a stronger challenge this time around as Stradivarius and TRUESHAN are among her opponents. Stradivarius has been the dominant stayer in recent years and arrives on the back of a narrow win in the Lonsdale Cup and a more comfortable victory in the Doncaster Cup. However, there are some doubts about whether the seven-year-old is quite the force of old.
“There are no such doubts about the five-year-old Trueshan, however, and he can reward his connections’ patience. Trueshan, a wide-margin winner of the Long Distance Cup on soft ground last season, has raced only three times this term as connections have been keen to avoid fast going.
“Conditions will be suitable though, and Trueshan should prove difficult to beat. His Goodwood Cup form is the best on offer this season, he is at the peak of his powers and he promises to be suited by the step up to two and a half miles.”
Paddy Power: “TRUESHAN beat Search For A Song by 7½l at Ascot last year and looks like he’ll improve for 2½l miles. This is the best Cadran for years and it’ll take plenty of winning.”
Sean O’Sullivan: “Its great to get the three big guns in Stradivarius, Trueshan and Princess Zoe standing their ground and staying in the field. It gives us the first clash of these huge names all year. Defending champ Princess Zoe is another that would love if the rain came a day earlier, as she thrives on extreme ground and I just believe she’ll struggle if, as expected, the rain holds off until the evening on Saturday. Stradivarius hasn’t looked the same horse of old this year and has won 3 soft races, but was well beaten in the Gold Cup at the Royal meeting.
“With that in mind, TRUESHAN looks the one to takes this. Still only a five-year-old, he thrives with a bit of cut in the ground and has put up some huge performances when getting it, which he run on this Saturday. I’m backing him to stamp his authority on the European staying division here.”
Prix Du Cadran 2021 Racecard
The Prix du Cadran is a Group 1 contest open to horses aged four years and older, run over a distance of 2m 3f 194y on the New and Grande Course, with a prize fund worth £256,410. The following horses have been declared for Saturday’s race…
Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: Cristian Demuro Age: 8 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Trainer: Donnacha Aidan O’Brien Jockey: G. M. Ryan Age: 4 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Trainer: Rodolphe Collet Jockey: Theo Bachelot Age: 9 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Trainer: P. & J. Brandt Jockey: Maxime Guyon Age: 6 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Trainer: Martina Havelkova Jockey: Martina Havelkova Age: 6 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Trainer: Cedric Rossi Jockey: Mickael Barzalona Age: 5 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Trainer: John & Thady Gosden Jockey: Frankie Dettori Age: 7 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Trainer: N. Caullery Jockey: Eddy Hardouin Age: 6 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Trainer: Alan King Jockey: James Doyle Age: 5 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Trainer: F. Head Jockey: Olivier Peslier Age: 7 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Trainer: R. Dzubasz Jockey: Bauyrzhan Murzabayev Age: 4 Weight: 8st 13lbs
Trainer: Anthony Mullins Jockey: J. M. Sheridan Age: 6 Weight: 8st 13lbs
Trainer: M. Delzangles Jockey: Gerald Mosse Age: 4 Weight: 8st 13lbs
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