Andre Fabre reveals latest plans for some of his stable stars

Fri 7 Aug 2020

Andre Fabre has not ruled out a crack at the Grand Prix de Paris with his unbeaten Baltic Gold.

The son of Golden Horn followed up a debut win over 10 furlongs at Compiegne with a win over an extended mile and a half at Deauville.

“He will go for a Group race next time, either over a mile and a quarter at Longchamp, the Prix du Prince D’Orange or the Grand Prix de Paris,” said Fabre.

“Obviously he stays well, but he’s not a slow horse which is why I’m thinking of 10 furlongs. For the Group One he might just lack a bit of experience.”

On the same afternoon the Frankel filly Petricor won on her debut and Fabre already has grand plans for her.

“Petricor has a nice pedigree and good confirmation,” he said.

“She was very impressive and she will go for the Group Three Prix d’Aumule in preparation for the Prix Marcel Boussac.

“She was caught a little flat footed and it just took her a few strides before she quickened up but she did it nicely in the end.”

A few days earlier See The Rose stretched her unbeaten record to three in the Group Three Six Perfections and she could also run in the Boussac but Fabre harbours stamina doubts.

“See The Rose keeps winning and she will be going to Deauville for the Prix du Calvados,” said Fabre.

“Hopefully after that, we’ll see if she can go further. After that it could be straight for the Boussac.

“She does have a question mark over her stamina for the mile, she started out over (an extended) five furlongs so we may look at keeping her to seven furlongs.

“Another option for her is the Cheveley Park at Newmarket.”

Fabre also confirmed Persian King is on course for the Prix Jacques le Marois next weekend.

Meanwhile, Sottsass is set to return to action in the Prix Gontaut-Biron at Deauville after pleasing connections in a racecourse gallop there on Thursday.

The Group Three contest on August 15 is the next port of call for last year’s French Derby hero in pursuit of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, in which he was third in 2019.

After that, the plan is have one more race before the Arc in either the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 12, or the Prix Foy at ParisLongchamp a day later.

Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget pronounced himself happy with the workout for the Siyouni colt, who won the Prix Ganay at Chantilly in June.

“He did a simple work, as we are accustomed to do. The goal is not to have a hard work, once they have made their seasonal bow, we do maintenance work,” said Rouget.

“They worked over 1,800 metres. All went well. The horse has a good action and he behaves as he does when he is in good form.

“After the Ganay, we left him alone for three weeks. His work picked up for a comeback in mid-August. We didn’t know if he would go to York (for the Juddmonte International) or to Deauville.

“Apparently, we are going to Deauville. He still had a fairly long break and the York race would be difficult for a semi-return to racing.

“Sottsass will then have several options before running in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – either the Prix Foy or, if we stay over 2,000m, the Irish Champion Stakes.

“The latter test would be more rewarding for his future stallion career. I am not the only deciding voice. There are also his connections – Peter Brandt and Coolmore. We will discuss after the Gontaut-Biron.”

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