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Way To Paris in good order ahead of Arc

02 October 2018

Based in France since April 2016, Andrea Marcialis will send out his first Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe runner next Sunday. For many, this would be an especially stressful time, but the 34 year-old Italian remains unfazed by the affair.
Asked whether he could stay calm at a time like this, he replied, “Yes. I don’t feel any particular pressure. It’s fantastic to be able to participate in this race, but for me, running in a Gr.1 or a claimer is the same thing. The job is done.”
On Way To Paris, his Arc representative. “After his comeback at Deauville at the end of August, he wasn’t great; his blood tests were very average. More recently at Longchamp, he still wasn’t at his best. He has come on for the run, and yesterday morning we put the finishing touches on his preparation. He’s a very complicated horse, maybe even a little mad! Because of this we go out very early, when it is still dark.”
Macialis had seen his horse’s potential early on. “When we arrived in France, he confirmed precisely what we had thought of him. He has been placed at group level on a number of occasions but I’m convinced he doesn’t always give 100%.”
As for how the Italian sees things going on Sunday, “Firstly, I want it to rain! There is some forecast for the weekend, which is better for him. Andrea Atzeni will ride him. The horse is often slow to get away, so I hope we can track Waldgeist, who should set a decent pace. I hope, for his owner’s sake, that he will do well.”
Picture: Way To Paris