Andre Fabre is eyeing up Classic success for Pensee Du Jour after the impressive filly maintained her unbeaten record with a commanding display in the Group Three Prix Penelope at Saint-Cloud.
The Camelot daughter made a strong debut on the all-weather at Chantilly in February, winning by four lengths before stepping up to Listed class with a seven-length victory at Saint-Cloud last month. Pensee Du Jour was a strong favourite to win her third race under jockey Bauyrzhan Murzabayev and comfortably passed the post ahead of Andrew Balding’s Sea Of Roses, with Be Happy coming in third for Aidan O’Brien.
Fabre has identified the French Oaks at Chantilly as an “obvious” target for the talented filly, but before that, he may first test her Group One credentials in the Prix Saint-Alary at ParisLongchamp on May 14. He said that “She made the running, but is able to accelerate as well if needed. She has a huge action and I was pleased with her performance. The Prix de Diane (French Oaks) is an obvious target for a filly of this calibre. She might go for the Prix Saint-Alary in the meantime, but we’ll see.”
Fabre completed a big-race double in the Prix Edmond Blanc, with the Godolphin-owned Tribalist making a winning reappearance. In the Group Three prize, Tribalist, who finished third in last year’s French 2000 Guineas before winning in Listed company, was well on top at the line, defeating popular veteran The Revenant, who was attempting to claim back-to-back victories. Dual French Group One winner Angel Bleu finished a disappointing sixth out of seven.
“He’s always been a nice horse and has got stronger over the winter,” Fabre said of Tribalist. “He needed a bit of time, but now he is quite strong you can make more use of him. I was quite pleased. There is a Group Two coming in a couple of weeks’ time that he could go for.”