Mare Australis Sidelined By Ankle Injury

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Mare Australis | Scoop Dyga

Gestut Schlenderhan's Mare Australis (Ire) (Australia {GB}), a winner of the G1 Prix Ganay, has suffered a setback with one of his ankles and will be out for the summer according to trainer Andre Fabre. A winner of a French listed race last June, the chestnut ran second in the Oct. 25 G2 Prix du Conseil de Paris and Apr. 11 G2 Prix d'Harcourt prior to his May 2 Ganay win at ParisLongchamp.

“Unfortunately Mare Australis has a problem with an ankle,” said Fabre. “I hope he will recover in time for the autumn, but he won't run at all through the summer.”

Fabre's G1 Prix de Diane runner-up Philomene (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) will return to the races in the G3 Prix de la Nonette at Deauville on Aug. 21. Successful in her only start as a juvenile last year, the bay scored in the G3 Prix Penelope at Saint-Cloud on Apr. 6 before a sixth-place run in the G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches on May 16. She was only three-quarters of a length behind Joan Of Arc (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the French Oaks at Chantilly on June 20.

“Philomene will run in Deauville on Aug. 21–she's going to have her prep race for the Vermeille,” said Fabre. “I think it's clear she's capable of winning a Group 1. You couldn't blame the jockey last time–because that happens at Chantilly.”

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