Fabre has high hopes for Derby

Andre Fabre pictured with Sheikh Mohammed

Andre Fabre believes Soleil Marin is "ready to run up to his best" as the master trainer goes in pursuit of a fourth Prix du Jockey Club victory in the last eight years.

Owned by Godolphin, the progressive Kendargent colt has won four of his five starts ahead of his biggest test in the French Derby at Chantilly on Sunday.

Fabre also runs Waldgeist, a Group One winner as a two-year-old but ultimately disappointing on his comeback behind the reopposing Recoletos, and Plumatic.

Lope De Vega, Intello and New Bay have struck for Fabre in recent seasons and Soleil Marin fits a similar profile.

"Soleil Marin has come on since his win in the Prix Noailles," said Fabre.

"He comes into the race in good form and he is ready to run up to his best."

Also running in the Godolphin colours are Charlie Appleby's pair of Bay Of Poets and D'Bai.

Bay Of Poets has finished a similar distance behind Cracksman and Cliffs Of Moher on his last two outings so brings a decent level of form.

"Bay Of Poets is very consistent and has been mixing it with English Derby contenders and running really well," Appleby told www.godolphin.com.

"D'Bai has been running creditably, and his second in a Listed race at Saint-Cloud was good.

"We will be looking for him to step up on that."

Rivet finished third in the French 2000 Guineas and steps up in trip for William Haggas and Frankie Dettori, while Aidan O'Brien runs War Decree (Ryan Moore), Orderofthegarter (Seamie Heffernan) and Taj Mahal (Donnacha O'Brien).

The clear favourite, though, is French Guineas winner Brametot, trained by Jean-Claude Rouget.


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