Fabre plots stakes success

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Andre Fabre will continue his quest to land the £283,750 Group One Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes for the first time in his career at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday (3.30pm).

The 26-time French Champion trainer saddled almost half the field when his three representatives filled the frame behind Integral in this race 12 months ago.

Integral, who has not won in three subsequent starts, is among the 10 fillies remaining in the 2015 contest, and Fabre could be double-handed with both last year’s runner-up Miss France and fourth home that day Esoterique.

Esoterique has fared best of the trio since last October, having not finished out of the first three in four attempts and last time posted a wonderful performance to win the Group One Prix Jacques Le Marois.

“The plan is for Esoterique to run and I am told that the ground is likely to be good,” Fabre said. “She is training well and I am delighted with her at the moment.

“She was visually quite impressive in the Prix Jacques Le Marois on soft ground and then it was even softer at Longchamp for the Prix du Moulin so we withdrew her.

“I am convinced that she is a better filly on good ground. She is five years old now and, like most horses, has become stronger and easier to train.”

Miss France enjoyed her finest hour when landing the QIPCO 1000 Guineas over this course and distance last year, but her recent career has been blighted by injury and only returned to action in a Listed race four weeks ago.

Another cosmopolitan renewal of this prestigious event is guaranteed as the other entries include two more from France, Bawina and Maimara, and one from Ireland, Raydara.

Bawina is a Group Two winner and has been placed in Group One company on both of her last two outings, while both Maimara and Raydara were fourth in their last Group One starts.

Outside Integral, the home defence is led by the Martyn Meade-trained French 1000 Guineas runner-up, Irish Rookie, and the Group Three Sceptre Stakes heroine, Realtra.