Andre Fabre

Invincible Spirit's Babylone Takes The Malleret

Already the leading trainer in the G2 Prix de Malleret with nine wins, Andre Fabre made it a perfect 10 on Wednesday as Haras Voltaire's Babylone (Fr) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) scored at ParisLongchamp. Held up on the rail racing worse than mid-division by Mickael Barzalona throughout the early stages, the 9-1 shot who had beaten a subsequent winner in a 10-furlong conditions event here June 10 was extricated from a pocket passing the two-furlong pole. In front a furlong later, the bay held the strong challenge of Adhafera (Ire) (Sea...

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Mare Australis Sidelined By Ankle Injury

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...

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Oasis Dream's Erasmo Prevails in Chantilly's G3 Prix Paul de Moussac

Godolphin's 3-year-old colt Erasmo (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), successful at Chantilly in last term's Listed Prix Saraca and in last month's Listed Prix de Pontarme at ParisLongchamp, stepped up to better a second in the Apr. 11 G3 Prix La Force with a narrow victory in Sunday's G3 Prix Paul de Moussac Longines back at Chantilly. Settled just off the pace in fourth until taking closer order in the straight, the 14-5 second favourite launched his challenge going well passing the quarter-mile marker and was ridden out inside the final...

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Burgarita Poised For Diane Challenge

Chantilly on Sunday is the place to be, with the customary high fashion and regalia accompanying a fascinating card featuring the G1 Prix de Diane Longines. As usual, Andre Fabre is the first port of call and it seems at present that his unbeaten Burgarita (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) could be the one to start favourite in a wide-open edition, having impressed with two performances at ParisLongchamp. In the first, Ecurie Ama Zingteam's relative of the 2001 Diane heroine Aquarelliste (Fr) (Danehill) beat the re-opposing Khalidiya (Fr) (Oasis Dream...

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Son Of Kingman Stands Out At Chantilly

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Today's Observations features a sale-topping son of Kingman. 1.30 Chantilly, Debutantes, €27,000, 2yo, c/g, 5 1/2fT MONARCHIC (IRE) (Kingman {GB}) is an early 2-year-old starter for Godolphin's French operation and a significant one, having been the joint-second highest-priced lot at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 2 at 400,000gns....

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Ganay Triumph For Australia's Mare Australis

There was more Boudot magic at ParisLongchamp on Sunday as "PC" made all to draw the sting from all rivals and land the G1 Prix Ganay with the rapid improver Mare Australis (Ire) (Australia {GB}). Always highly-regarded and now an entirely different proposition from the greenhorn of last summer, Gestut Schlenderhan's homebred had offered a glimpse of what was to come when second on his return to Skalleti (Fr) (Kendargent {Fr}) in the 10-furlong G2 Prix d'Harcourt at this venue Apr. 11. Asked a new question by his rider on...

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Dubawi's Philomene All Class In the Penelope

There was every reason to believe that a genuine future star of the 2021 Classic season was on display at Saint-Cloud on Tuesday as Godolphin, Ecurie des Monceaux and Ecurie Skymarc Farm's Philomene (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) made light work of the G3 Prix Penelope over the 10 1/2-furlong Prix de Diane distance. Off the mark by a short neck from the subsequent G1 Prix Marcel Boussac runner-up Tasmania (Fr) (Zoffany {Ire}) in a debutantes contest over a mile at ParisLongchamp in September, the Andre Fabre-trained half-sister to the G1 Irish...

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The Revenant Returns In Prix Edmond Blanc

While Britain's flat turf season remains low-key compared to its immediate neighbours, with no black-type action at the sole meeting at Musselburgh on Saturday, France takes up the mantle with the G3 Prix Edmond Blanc the feature at Saint-Cloud. Staging an early comeback in the mile contest is Al Asayl France's The Revenant (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), who races under a six-pound penalty as a result of his exploits when winning the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. on Ascot's Champions Day card. That came just a fortnight after the chestnut had...

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Alice Springs's Sister Debuts At Chantilly

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Today's Observations features one of the sales ring stars of 2019. 12.50 Chantilly, Mdn, €27,000, 3yo, f, 10 1/2f (AWT) MAGIC HOUR (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) was at €2.2-million the second highest-priced lot at the 2019 Goffs Orby Sale when purchased by Westerberg Limited's Georg von Opel. A full-sister to...

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Slickly Dead At 25

World champion miler and leading French sire Slickly (Fr) (Linamix {Fr}-Slipstream Queen, by Conquistador Cielo) has died aged 25 at Haras du Logis. The grey had been pensioned from stud duties in 2019, having stood at stud at Logis since he retired to stud in 2003. Julian Ince, who has managed Slickly's stud career, said, 'Slickly has been a wonderful horse to have at Logis, and had a very loyal following among French breeders. He was the perfect sire for the French 'primes'--his stock could win as early juveniles and...

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Full-Brother to Deauville Debuts at Deauville

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Saturday's Insights features Tides of War, a full-brother to GISW Deauville (Ire). 11.45 Deauville, Mdn, €22,000, unraced 2yo, c/g, 9 1/2f (AWT) Fitri Hay, Michael Tabor and Susan Magnier's TIDES OF WAR (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}), an Andre Fabre trainee, is a full-brother to GI Belmont Derby Invitational hero Deauville...

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Alson Regains The Winning Thread At Saint-Cloud

Gestut Schlenderhan's homebred Alson (Ger) (Areion {Ger}), who spanked his sole rival Armory (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) by 20 lengths for Jean-Pierre Carvalho in last term's G1 Criterium International, returned from a brief spell on the sideline to resume winning ways in Friday's Listed Prix Matchem at Saint-Cloud. He had hit the board in Deauville's staging of the June 1 G1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains on seasonal return this year, but finished a lowly 10th of 11 on his return to the Normandy venue in the July 12 G1 Prix Jean...

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