Mandesha on board for Arc start

Exciting Prix de l’Opera winner Mandesha is likely to be campaigned next season with a view to contesting the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Exciting Prix de l’Opera winner Mandesha is likely to be campaigned next season with a view to contesting the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Having stepped up from a mile to run out an impressive winner of the 12-furlong Prix Vermeille last month, speculation was rife that she would be supplemented for the Arc this year.

Connections decided against that move, however, and instead opted to send the three-year-old for the Opera in the knowledge she will stay in training as a four-year-old.

“Mandesha stays in training for next year and she’ll stay in the yard here,” reported handler Alain de Royer-Dupre.

“I don’t like them to go travelling and I think it’s too cold in Ireland (to the Aga Khan’s stud)!

“I think it was the right decision to go for the Opera as it is difficult for a young filly to go against the older horses.

“After the race I think it was a good decision as she won the Opera and she’ll stay in training so we can make her programme to go for the Arc next year,” he told At The Races.

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