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Andre Fabre harbouring high hopes for Raclette

Andre Fabre has hailed the unbeaten Raclette as probably one of the best fillies he has ever trained – after just two races.

Owned by Juddmonte Stud, she is by Frankel and out of multiple American Grade One winner Emollient.

A winner over an extended seven furlongs at Deauville on debut, Raclette was hugely impressive in a conditions race at Chantilly last week and now has a Group One date in the Prix Marcel Boussac looming.

“She was very impressive last time out and she is probably one of the best fillies I have ever trained – she’s got everything,” said Fabre.

“She has acceleration, a wonderful temperament, so far she is doing everything right.

“We’ll go for the Boussac with her next.

“It is quite a big step going from a conditions race to a Group One, but she was way better than her opponents last time.

“I can’t see why quicker ground would be an issue as she has a beautiful action.

“She has already won over a mile so the dream would be the Prix de Diane and the Arc, but there’s also a lot of speed on the dam’s side so hopefully she’d go for the Guineas first.”

Fabre also had an update on Mare Australis who has not been seen since winning the Prix Ganay back in in April having picked up an ankle injury.

“I had some good news about Mare Australis last week from his owner. He’ll be back in training this winter,” said Fabre.

Ankle problem will keep Mare Australis out this summer

Prix Ganay winner Mare Australis has met with a setback which will rule him out until the autumn at the earliest.

The four-year-old, trained by Andre Fabre, leapt to prominence with his stylish Group One victory at ParisLongchamp in early May.

That was just the sixth race of his life, and he looked a likely contender for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, but plans are currently on hold.

“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 smart filly Philomene is on a short break, meanwhile, before her preparations pick up a gear for the Prix Vermeille.

Winner of her first two races, Philomene found the drop back in trip to a mile against her in the French Guineas and was then a fast-finishing second to Aidan O’Brien’s Joan Of Arc in the French Oaks.

She looks sure to be suited by stepping up to a mile and a half later in the year.

“Philomene will run in Deauville on August 21 (Prix de la Nonette) – 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 One. You couldn’t blame the jockey last time – because that happens at Chantilly.”