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Fabre happy with France

Andre Fabre could aim to complete the set of British Classic wins as he considers a tilt at the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket with Miss France.

The French maestro has already registered victories in the 2000 Guineas, the Derby, the Oaks and the St Leger, meaning the fillies' Rowley Mile Classic on May 4 is the only one to elude him during his illustrious career so far.

Miss France has experience of the track, having landed Newmarket's Group Three Oh So Sharp Stakes in September, her third and most recent career start.

Fabre said: "Miss France has wintered well and is just starting to do some light work.

"She has the pedigree, the action and the turn of foot to be a top-class filly and her form is good - she beat Indonesienne when she won her maiden and that filly went on to win a Group One.

"I still have to discuss her likely race programme with her owner, who is coming to see her on Thursday, and she is also entered in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) at Longchamp.

"But the major factor about races at Newmarket is that they are fairer than at Longchamp as they normally have a good pace and the draw does not play a significant role.

"I am not worried about Miss France's lack of experience and I think she is a relatively easy ride as she can accelerate and should be fully effective at distances between one mile and a mile and a quarter.

"But I do think that the ground is an important factor with her and I do not want to run her in a prep race on soft ground.

"The Nell Gwyn Stakes (at Newmarket, April 16) is a little bit close to the Guineas, so she could go for the Prix Imprudence (at Maisons-Laffitte, April 3) or have a racecourse gallop."