Paris-Christophe Soumillon landed his fourth French Derby on Sunday, the day after celebrating his 41st birthday, leading Badeni to an impressive victory.

The Belgian-born jockey had no problems after passing the pacesetter and his favorite modern game over 200 meters.

He returned to Charlottesville in 1960 with trainer Jean-Claude Rouge for his fifth victory at the Prix du Jockey Club and owner Aga Khan for his eighth victory.

Vadeni impressed the bookmakers who reduced the price of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe to 8-1 in October.

Two British runners filled the minor position.

Bodegon trained by James Ferguson was second.

3rd place Modern Games performed bravely in an attempt to add Derby to the 2000 Guineas Stakes crown in France.

Soumillon said he had no doubt about the result after they entered the finish straight.

“I was coasting behind the leader,” he said. “When I saw the redraw, I was very happy (the race had to make a second draw after some glitches in the first race).

“It’s been a while since last time (Darcy in 2006) and sadly he’s not here, so I really wanted to ride another Jockey Club winner for Aga Khan.

“But I owe everything to him, so I’m very happy to be able to do that. It’s a late birthday gift, so this is also great.”

Rouget said it was time to put on his binoculars for his rivals once Badeni turned to the front.

“It was a procession,” he shone. “I just thought this horse was good, nothing more.

“But this wasn’t a contest.”-Agence France-Presse

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