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Waldgeist, Talismanic warm up at Les Aigles

03 October 2018

Tuesday morning, on the circular track of Les Aigles, there was much anticipation as André Fabre’s principal Arc hopes made their way onto the hallowed Chantilly ground. Talismanic, highly recognisable with his four white socks and large blaze, and Waldgeist, most impressive in the Prix Foy three weeks ago and unbeaten of four occasions this year over the classic distance.
For their final piece before the big day, the pair worked together in company with their respective jockeys, Mickaël Barzalona and Pierre-Charles Boudot. As is the norm for the handler, just a few days out from a big rendezvous, his charges were economical with their efforts and were given just a canter. It was quite clear that both appeared to be in excellent shape.
A few lengths back, Prix Vermeille winner, Kitesurf (who had been taken out of the Arc on Tuesday morning) and Lady Frankel carried out their own work in good order, and both will line up for the Prix de l’Opéra on Sunday.
Fabre’s third Arc representative, Cloth Of Stars, was absent from the lot, having worked the day before on polytrack, in the company of Gyllen.
Picture: Waldgeist (near side) and Talismanic in their final piece of work on Tuesday morning