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Mince, Newmarket 19.5.12.

Mince: three-year-old has already won four races so far this season

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French could get taste of British favourite Mince

FAST-IMPROVING sprinter Mince could be supplemented for the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp next month after breaking 6f course records on two appearances this season.

Taking on the best of the European sprinting division on October 7 would mark a major step up for the three-year-old, who has never raced at Group level, but her record-breaking wins at York and Ascot have encouraged connections to aim high.

Trainer Roger Charlton said: "The Abbaye is now certainly an option for Mince. Interestingly, that race is more valuable than the British Champions Sprint yet it costs less to supplement for. We don't have to hurry a decision and we'll see how she comes along."

Charlton believes the drop from 6f to 5f would not inconvenience Lady Rothschild's home-bred filly, who set course records at Ascot and again at York on Sunday.

"Five wouldn't have been a problem for her the other day when the opposition rather struggled to lead her. She seems best suited by fast ground, which I believe is the case with quite a few by Medicean."

In her 11-race career Mince has only once raced over 5f, when beaten a nose on heavy ground at Haydock last autumn.

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