Fabre calls time on juvenile campaigns for Classic hopes Raclette and Zellie

Raclette and Zellie, two of Andre Fabre’s Classic prospects for 2022, will not run again this season.

Zellie has the French 1000 Guineas, the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, as her early-season target next year – after she signed off her juvenile campaign with victory in Sunday’s Prix Marcel Boussac at ParisLongchamp.

The daughter of Wootton Bassett made light of the heavy ground to beat Times Square by a length and three-quarters in the Group One over a mile. It was her fourth win, to add to two second places from six starts.

Zellie proved an able deputy for Raclette in the Prix Marcel Boussac
Zellie proved an able deputy for Raclette in the Prix Marcel Boussac (PA)

“She has come out of the race very well,” said Fabre.

“She is finished for the season – she will go for the French Guineas, for sure.”

Raclette, who was a late withdrawal from the same race at the weekend because of the testing conditions, has also been put away for the winter and will then be trained for either the English or French 1000 Guineas.

Fabre shelved plans to reroute the Frankel filly to Newmarket on Friday for the Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes, after bad weather prevented her from having a workout over the weekend.

“She was supposed to work on Sunday,” he said.

“But there was a storm in Chantilly, and I couldn’t work her, so I decided not to run her at Newmarket.

“She is done for the season. One of the Guineas, the French or the English, will be her first target.

“Then we will see. She will probably get further.”

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.