Vadeni wins Coral-Eclipse at Sandown; winning jockey Christophe Soumillon banned

Nick Kyrgios
Soumillon was banned for 12 days for careless riding after his celebration

Vadeni won the Group One Coral-Eclipse at Sandown, becoming the first French-trained horse to do so since 1960.

The reigning French Derby champion marked the first success for France since Javelot, and a big moment for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget and jockey Christophe Soumillon.

Victory was assured by a neck ahead of second-placed Mishriff and Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Native Trail.

Soumillon was given a 12-day ban for careless riding over his celebration.

Stewards said he left only one hand on the rein, which allowed his mount to drift right and cause interference to both Native Trail and Lord North.

The result gave owner the Aga Khan his first win in the contest and Belgian Soumillon said everything had worked out well.

"I waited in the last position but the pace was just fine. We didn't go really fast, but for my horse everything was perfect," he said.

"He was really relaxed. He changed legs perfectly everywhere I wanted, and the last 50 yards he just kept going and he was remarkable, a superstar.

"Even if it is tough track, he gives you a gear like champions can give you."

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