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Fabre plotting repeat route with Mqse De Sevigne

Andre Fabre’s Mqse De Sevigne will aim to add to her Group One tally at Deauville before ending her career with a crack at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The five-year-old won the Prix Rothschild over a mile and the Prix Jean Romanet over 10 furlongs last summer and secured a short-head verdict in the Prix d’Ispahan last time out, having warmed up with a win in Listed company.

She will head to Deauville in the summer to try to win the same two races once more before stepping up to a mile and a half for the first time at ParisLongchamp.

Fabre said: “We have some nice older horses this year, of course with Mqse De Sevigne. She will wait for Deauville, the Prix Rothschild (July 28) and the Prix Jean Romanet (August 18) and then the Arc.

“She’s versatile over distances but I don’t want to risk her over a mile and a half early in the season, until the Arc. We’ve nothing to lose by running her in it then.”

Fabre has entered seven in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud at the end of the month, with Junko and Pensee Du Jour, both owned by the Wertheimer brothers, very much in the mix.

“Pensee Du Jour is in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (June 30) and she’s in at Longchamp in the Prix de Malleret (July 13) but she’s likely to go for the Grand Prix,” said Fabre.

“I think she’s a stronger filly this year. Obviously, last year she had the scope to get better as an older mare and she’s now that much stronger.

“I’ve entered seven, so I’ve got a few to choose from in the Grand Prix.

“One who is sure to go is Junko, in the same ownership, and I will try to run Sevenna’s Knight in it, too. He looks a progressive horse over staying distances, so I want to see him over a shorter distance.”

Last weekend, Fabre was denied a first Prix du Jockey Club win since 2015 as Look De Vega saw off his runners First Look and Sosie, who came home second and third behind the impressive winner.

“I think they were both beaten by a very nice colt. I haven’t quite decided what they will do. The third horse will go for the Grand Prix de Paris and First Look I don’t know,” said Fabre.

“Sosie is a nice, big horse and will keep progressing throughout the year.”

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Breeders’ Cup beckons for Mqse De Sevigne

Mqse De Sevigne will return to 10 furlongs at the Breeders’ Cup having chased home an inspired Inspiral in the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

The Andre Fabre-trained four-year-old arrived at the Rowley Mile seeking a Group One hat-trick having landed a Deauville double in the Prix Rothschild and Prix Jean Romanet in the summer and although having to settle for second, lost little in defeat with a performance which pleased her master trainer.

She has now finished first or second in all six starts this season and will head to Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf over the distance she excelled at when downing George Boughey’s Via Sistina on her penultimate start.

Mqse De Sevigne powered to victory in the Prix Jean Romanet
Mqse De Sevigne powered to victory in the Prix Jean Romanet (Scoopdyga/France Galop)

Fabre said: “I was pleased with the way she ran, she obviously needs a bit further and was beaten by a top-class filly.

“The Breeders’ Cup is the plan and if she is in good shape she will go there. I think the two extra furlongs will suit her better.

“She was probably a bit backward and a bit unlucky in her races before. But I have been delighted with her.”

Fabre is no stranger to success at the Stateside showpiece and could have the chance to saddle a fourth winner in the Breeders’ Cup Turf if Junko joins his stablemate for the trip across the Atlantic.

The four-year-old was last seen beating Christopher Head’s Big Call in Deauville’s Prix de Reux and having missed out on a run at ParisLongchamp recently will attempt to book his ticket to California in the Prix du Conseil de Paris this weekend.

“I will probably go for the mile and a half race with Junko,” continued Fabre.

“He had to miss the Arc meeting, but he is going to run next Sunday and if he runs well and can get into the race he will run.”

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