Onesto eyes the Arc after Grand Prix de Paris victory

·2-min read
Getty Images

The Frankel colt is now around 18/1 in the markets ahead of the big race on October 2, with trainer Fabrice Chappet admitting Thursday's effort was a good warm-up for the Longchamp showpiece.

Onesto was a well-beaten sixth behind subsequent Eclipse hero Vadeni in the French Derby on his latest start but he was well fancied to make amends in this 12-furlong affair. Three of the six runners hailed from Britain and Ireland with James Ferguson's El Bodegon, the Roger Varian-trained Eldar Eldarov and Piz Badile from Donnacha O'Brien's yard all lining up. Eldar Eldavor raced on the heels of the pace-setting Simca Mille but struggled to pick up when the race began in earnest in the straight, with Piz Badile also dropping away. El Bodegon kept on gamely but had no answer as Stephane Pasquier gave Onesto the signal and he came from the back of the field to sweep through and claim a neck verdict in the final half a furlong. Simca Mille held on to second, with El Bodegon back in third. Eldar Eldarov was fourth and Piz Badile last of the six.

"He was just perfect. He was a bit keen, he relaxed earlier on and was a bit keen in the straight, but he showed his good turn of foot," said the trainer "He came from nowhere that day (Prix du Jockey Club), he was a very good winner before that in the Prix Greffulhe. He runs all his races. His pedigree would say he would stay but he's got plenty of speed as well, he can win 10 furlong races and he won a 1600 metre (mile) maiden. "It's a good prep (for the Arc) today, isn't it?"

The article Onesto eyes the Arc after Grand Prix de Paris victory appeared first on

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting