Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 18 November 2017

Fabre lands Prat prize

Trainer Andre Fabre. Photo: Getty Images
Trainer Andre Fabre. Photo: Getty Images

Nick Robson

John Gosden's Gregorian had to make do with an honourable second in yesterday's Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly as Aesop's Fables secured another Group One prize for Andre Fabre.

The Mick Channon-trained Arnold Lane took the field along for the first half of the one-mile journey, but was easily passed by Gregorian and Mickael Barzalona in the straight.

The British raider did his best to fend off the challenge, but could not cope with the finishing kick of 12/1 chance Aesop's Fables, which won decisively in the hands of Maxime Guyon.

Arnold Lane weakened and passed the post last of the eight runners.

Alan McCabe's Caspar Netscher was also well beaten, while 13/8 favourite French Fifteen was very disappointing.

The winning colt is owned by Godolphin, whose spokesperson, Diana Cooper, said: "Everything went well for Aesop's Fables in the race and he loved the trip. He is improving and it was great to win a Group One."

Guyon added: "Aesop's Fables has come on a lot from his last run. He travelled well and quickened nicely."

Apart from landing yesterday's Pretty Polly Stakes, the in-form combination of trainer Gosden and jockey William Buick continued their relentless run among the season's bigger prizes with a double at Newmarket on Saturday.

Michelangelo was the 5/6 favourite for the £150,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-0 Cup after winning a Derby trial at Goodwood and his Classic file could be reopened after a professional defeat of the useful Cameron Highland.

Gosden and Buick landed the Doncaster St Leger for the same owner Bjorn Nielsen last year with Masked Marvel and Gosden said: "It's fast ground and the distance isn't ideal for a mile-and-a-half-bred horse. It's one step at a time but I will look at either the Gordon Stakes, as he has won at Goodwood before, or the Great Voltigeur."

Stable companion Polygon then made a mockery of her 33/1 odds by turning over hot favourite Dandino in the Fred Archer Stakes.

Donald McCain is eyeing a return to hurdles for his Ile De Re after the 5/2 favourite took Saturday's Northumberland Plate to become the first horse since Attivo in 1974 to win the Newcastle showpiece and Chester Cup in the same season.

"I think I've got a very well-handicapped hurdler on my hands if I get my way," McCain said.

In Hamburg, there was a surprise in yesterday's German Derby as Pastorius finished with a wet sail to beat hot favourite Novellist.

Frankie Dettori briefly hit the front at the top of the home straight on board Black Arrow, but he was swamped shortly afterwards. Novellist was carried very wide on the final bend, but still took the lead inside the final furlong.

However, the Mario Hofer-trained Pastorius came widest of all and got up beneath the shadow of the post to grab Group One glory.

Irish Independent

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