Andre Fabre is confident of a big run from New Bay as he steps up from a mile for the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly tomorrow.
The leading French trainer believes the son of Dubawi will relish the extra two and a half furlongs of the colts’ Classic following his fine effort in the the Poule d’Essai des Poulains, also known as the French 2000 Guineas, at Longchamp.
Disadvantaged by an outside draw, New Bay finished with a flourish to take second place behind the winner, his stablemate Make Believe.
“I think he’s going to have a very good chance.
“He proved himself in the Poulains. He was drawn wide and finished well,” said Fabre of the colt, who is owned by Khalid Abdullah.
“He is a horse that should enjoy the extra distance and all is well with him.
“It is quite a good field from my point of view because 90 per cent of them who have won their trials have mostly been on soft ground.
“New Bay enjoys the good ground which it will be on Sunday.”
Karaktar earned his bid for Classic honours with an impressive victory in a Listed contest at Saint-Cloud in March before landing the Group Three Prix Noailles at Longchamp.
Aidan O’Brien is triple-handed with Cape Clear Island, Highland Reel and War Envoy.
Highland Reel and War Envoy were sixth and seventh respectively in the French 2000 Guineas earlier this month while Cape Clear Island, the mount of Ryan Moore, was second to Ampere in the Group Two Prix Hocquart at Longchamp earlier this month.
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