Mandesha team mull options

Connections of Mandesha have yet to make a decision on whether to supplement the progressive filly for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Connections of Mandesha have yet to make a decision on whether to supplement the progressive filly for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

She entered calculations for the October 1 showpiece with a brilliant victory over the Arc course and distance in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp on Sunday.

It was the daughter of Desert Style’s first attempt at a mile and a half in Group One company but she saw the trip out well to beat Montare eased down by a length and a half.

Mandesha carries the colours of the Aga Khan’s daughter, Princess Zahra, and Georges Rimauld for the owner said: “Supplementation does not take place until two days before. A decision will be taken in due course and supplementation made if required but at this point no decision has been taken.

“She’s in the Prix de l’Opera (also at Longchamp on October 1), that was the original objective but in view of what she did, that objective can change or be modified in some way or another but we probably wouldn’t make that decision very quickly.

“It’s not necessary and we tend to take our time with those sorts of decisions anyway.”

Reflecting on Mandesha’s performance at the weekend, Rimauld said: “She’s fine, she came out of the race fine – no problems at all.

“It was quite an impressive performance at that distance. We weren’t certain that she would stay that far but she stayed and accelerated at that distance and won very easily.

“She was impressive and we were pleased with her but obviously Princess Zahra and the Aga Khan will make a decision some time in the future. We’ll probably keep her as a four-year-old so we don’t need to rush into any decisions.”

Mandesha, who is trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, is a top-priced 16-1 with bet365 for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

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