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France in Nassau frame

Andre Fabre has raised the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood as potential target for his 1000 Guineas heroine Miss France.

Andre Fabre has raised the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood as potential target for his 1000 Guineas heroine Miss France.

The three-year-old gave the French maestro his first ever victory in the Rowley Mile Classic in early May and she encountered traffic problems on her way to finishing fifth behind unbeaten French Guineas winner Avenir Certain in last weekend's French Oaks, the Prix de Diane.

Fabre feels his filly could have finished much closer with a clear run and if connections decide to stick to a mile and a quarter, a trip to the Sussex Downs could be on the cards.

"She has come out of the race well and although the winner was a bit above the others, I think she (Miss France) could have been second. She got checked at the wrong time, but it happens and that is racing," said Fabre.

"She was coming back at the end, so I am happy she stayed the distance.

"I need to discuss with the owner whether we stay at a mile and a quarter or go back to a mile. If we go back to a mile there is a race like the Prix Rothschild at Deauville, but if we stay at a mile and a quarter, there is the race at Goodwood.

"I think a mile and a quarter is a good distance for her and she is not a filly I want to save for the autumn, as we don't know what the ground will be like, so we will keep her racing during the summer."

Another horse who could be crossing the Channel again later this summer is Flintshire after he filled the runner-up spot behind compatriot Cirrus Des Aigles in the Coronation Cup at Epsom last time.

Fabre said: "I am very pleased with Flintshire and the plan is to go for the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud next and then, he is a possible for the King George at Ascot (July 26)."