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Saturday 3 December 2016

Fabre's Territories can make up ground on Guineas rivals

Trainer Andre Fabre. Photo: Getty Images
Trainer Andre Fabre. Photo: Getty Images

Andre Fabre can mount another successful cross-Channel raid as Territories looks the pick in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The master French handler does not bring no-hopers on the trip from his Chantilly base so added to the fact this Invincible Spirit colt was supplemented for the race, Fabre has signalled a clear intent.

Strictly on the numbers, Territories has a bit to find with some of his rivals here but he will be fit for action having won his trial in the Prix de Fontainebleau at Longchamp. While the merit of that particular piece of form could be open to slight question, he was among the leading juveniles in Europe last year, chasing home Full Mast in the Prix La Rochette before tackling the Jean-Luc Lagardere.

It was a messy renewal of the Longchamp race last autumn with Gleneagles first past the post only to be disqualified after he caused interference to those in behind, including Territories, who finished third but was promoted to second.

He was clearly blocked in his run that day but having already shown he stays a mile, Fabre’s charge has every chance of well and truly levelling the scores, but the consistent Kool Kompany is worth an each-way saver.

Telescope is the clear choice in the Dunaden At Overbury Jockey Club Stakes with upwards of 7lb in hand on each of his rivals. Pearl Secret was not beaten far in the Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes last year and while his campaign petered out a little subsequently, he is still worthy of respect as he tackles the sprint heat once more.

Best Of Times won two of three juvenile outings and can pick up where he left off in the Harbour Watch Newmarket Stakes.

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