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Fabre eyes Eclipse clash with Golden Horn for 'Bay'


Trainer Andre Fabre

Trainer Andre Fabre

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Trainer Andre Fabre

Andre Fabre is looking forward to the showdown between his Prix du Jockey Club winner New Bay and Investec Derby hero Golden Horn at Sandown on Saturday week.

The two Classic winners are set to clash in the Coral-Eclipse at the Esher course on July 4, when they will take on their elders for the first time. Fabre reports New Bay, owned by Khalid Abdullah, to be in fine shape since beating Highland Reel in the French Derby at Chantilly last month.

"The horse is in good form and the plan is to run in the Eclipse. It will be interesting to take on the Epsom Derby winner," he said.

"Our horse won the Prix du Jockey Club well and the winner of the English Derby was quite impressive as well. They are two nice colts.

"He stayed on strongly and we are really pleased with how he has come out of the race."

Should New Bay prevail he would be the first French-trained winner of the 10-furlong midsummer showpiece since Javelot in 1960.

Golden Horn's trainer John Gosden is also set to run Prince of Wales's Stakes third Western Hymn. He said of the latter: "Western Hymn ran a fine race at Royal Ascot in the Prince of Wales Stakes, the ground was on the fast side for him.


"He loves Sandown Park and it would be our intention to run."

Gosden added: "Golden Horn is in good form and has pleased us since his win in the Investec Derby. The target has always been the Coral-Eclipse and we look forward to running him there."

Golden Horn is the 8/11 favourite with the sponsors, who have cut New Bay to 7/2 from 4/1.

Meanwhile, Ante-post favourite Jack Hobbs pleased Gosden in his final piece of work yesterday morning ahead of the 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday.

Gosden is seeking to win the Irish Classic for the first time with the colt that finished second behind stable companion Golden Horn in the Investec Derby at Epsom earlier this month.

"He worked this morning with William Buick on him and we were happy with him and the horse seems in good order," said the Newmarket handler.

"We would appreciate a shower or two and something close to good ground but we are pleased with the horse and we'll be heading over, all being well between now and the weekend.

"He handled Epsom surprisingly well for a tall, rangy horse and we hoped the Curragh would suit him better and it was the plan to always come here and we are holding with it."

Elsewhere, Criquette Head-Maarek's dual Arc winner Treve is the headline attraction among the 13 names left in Sunday's Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

Irish Independent