Guineas win gives Fabre full set
Andre Fabre has been a force to be reckoned with on his visits across the Channel for over two decades and finally completed a full set of British Classics through the appropriately-named Miss France in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket yesterday.
An 100 per cent record with runners on the Rowley Mile from the last two seasons had already been maintained through Esoterique in the Qatar Bloodstock Dahlia Stakes, while his big-race heroine had been victorious on the course during the autumn.
Miss France (7-1) had narrowly beaten Lightning Thunder in that Oh So Sharp Stakes back in September and it was the same filly, a dream first Classic runner for young Olly Stevens, who pushed her hardest again as she charged home just a neck in arrears.
Fabre has claimed major honours across the globe, including seven Prix de l'Arc de Triomphes, a Derby, a Breeders' Cup Classic and a cupboard full of champion trainer titles, and responded with typically Gallic insouciance when asked if the success was of personal importance.
"It wasn't bothering me that I hadn't won this race, otherwise I'd have tried many times before," he said.
"I was waiting for the right filly and a sunny day, which you don't get in Newmarket. She'll go for the Prix de Diane next."
Jockey Maxime Guyon was winning his first British Classic.
He said: "The plan was to be at the back but she jumped really good, she relaxed really well and showed a good turn of foot.
"She felt like a different filly from the Imprudence but there was no pace in that race. I think she is the best filly in Europe at the moment."