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Rueing looks another smart filly for Fabre

Godolphin homebred is out of Group 1 winner Wavering

Immortal Verse winning the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2011
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Rueing got her career off to the perfect start on Monday when she landed the Prix de la Traversiere at Chantilly.

Trained by Andre Fabre, the Godolphin homebred is the second foal out of the Group 1-winning Refuse To Bend mare Wavering and a sister to the Group 3-placed Switching. Fabre trained Wavering during her racing career when she won two races including the Prix Saint-Alary as a three-year-old.

Wavering is a half-sister to Group 1 scorer Mandaean and is from the family of Derby hero Golden Fleece.

Rueing had benefited from previous experience of the course having taken part in a "schooling" race for AFASEC student jockeys. Fabre appears to have some feasible Classic prospects among his fillies, having recently introduced Lady Frankel to score impressively on her debut at Saint-Cloud.

Rueing's race also featured the debut of Almanzor's sister Troarn, who ran on well to finish fourth behind the winner, and Esquisse, a daughter of the Wertheimer brothers' Group 2 winner and Group 1-placed mare Legerete, was third.

Literary Society finishes eighth on first start

The Prix Serpentine featured the debut of Literary Society, the first foal out of Group 1 heroine and record broodmare buy Immortal Verse, but with no pace from the outset it was the Aga Khan's Sanabad who landed the contest.

Literary Society, trained by Andre Fabre for the Coolmore partners and Merriebelle Irish Farm, was waited with in rear before hanging into a rival when beginning to challenge in the straight. He finished eighth but was only beaten two and a half lengths.

A son of Cape Cross, Sanabad is out of the Listed-winning Barathea mare Sanaya and is from the family of triple Group 1 heroine Sarafina.

His trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre said: "I'm quite satisfied because he is quite cool and does what we ask of him without showing a great deal. He did more there and he is a big horse. I‘m not sure what his trip will be.

"His maternal side tends more towards 1m2f than 1m4f. He is from the family of Sarafina but 1m2f was the limit for his dam Sanaya and she was beaten by a lack of stamina on occasions.

"Given the sire I imagine he will be more of a 1m2f horse although as he is quite a handy horse he might get further. We’ll have to continue to build him up gradually given his size and not set him any really hard tasks straight away. Rather we’ll aim at an intermediate race.

"But with a big horse like him you often find that they don’t really handle heavy ground so there is no reason not to make use of him now. I have several three-year-olds that I like a lot and we will see how they get on as they each come out."


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