Updated: Sunday, 04 May 2014 23:28 | By Agence France-Presse

Miss France wins English 1,000 Guineas for French master Fabre

The aptly-named Miss France supplied master French trainer Andre Fabre with his first English 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday.


Miss France wins English 1,000 Guineas for French master Fabre

File picture shows French trainer Andre Fabre posing after the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, Paris on October 2, 2005 - by Pascal Pavani

Ridden by Maxime Guyon, the well-fancied 7-1 chance held off Lightning Thunder (14-1) and Ihtimal, with heavily-supported 9-2 favourite Tapestry unplaced.

Fabre, a 25-time champion trainer in France, was adding to his success in the other classic run at the home of British racing, the 2,000 Guineas, which he claimed with Pennekamp in 1995 and Zafonic two years earlier.

Miss France, a winner at Newmarket last season, had been beaten on her Guineas warm-up last month but despite that reverse was given a confident ride by Guyon.

Always up with the leaders she hit the front as the ground began to rise towards the post to hold off her pursuers in style.

The third French-trained winner of the fillies' classic in the past seven years, she first had to deal with Ihtimal's challenge and then the late surge of the eventual runner-up.

"It was the opposite of how I wanted her to be ridden, but it worked," Fabre told Channel 4 with a smile.

Lightning Thunder came off second best to the winner for the second time, Olly Stevens' filly finishing bridesmaid to her in a Group Three last September.

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