Esoterique leads home 1-2 for Fabre in Prix Rothschild

Andre Fabre

Andre Fabre: saddled first two home in Prix Rothschild

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France: Prix Rothschild (Group 1) 3yo+ fillies and mares

ESOTERIQUE posted a shock result in the Prix Rothschild beating off stablemate Miss France and odds-on favourite Integral to score as the 12-1 outsider.

It turned out to be a tactical affair between the four runners with Integral and Ryan Moore following L’Amour De Ma Vie over to the far-side rail with Esoterique following this season’s 1,000 Guineas winner Miss France down the centre of the track.

With three furlongs to go, the group came together on the far side and it became clear that Integral, the 8-13 favourite, had her work cut out in her bid to land a second consecutive Group 1 as Moore pushed her along.

Miss France and L’Amour De Ma Vie were the next off the bridle with Pierre-Charles Boudot easing his mount into the race with two furlongs to go.

When Boudot asked his filly to go, her response was immediate and she ran down Miss France inside the final furlong to win by three-quarters of a length.

It was a second Group 1 win for Boudot having partnered Gallante to win the Grand Prix de Paris last month.

The winner, who was carrying the colours of Edouard de Rothschild whose late father Guy the race is named after, was comfortably beaten by Integral in the Duke Of Cambridge at Royal Ascot last time out but reversed the form in comprehensive style.

Nick Bell on behalf of the owners said: “She is probably better being covered up which is perhaps why she ran better than at Ascot.

“We had to stop with her after the Prix Diane after last year and she didn’t race at two so she doesn’t have many miles on the clock.”

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