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Fabre Declares Manduro "Best I've Trained By A Good Margin"
In Europe, Andre Fabre (France's champion trainer for the last 20 years) "paid an astonishing tribute" to mark the retirement of the world's joint top-rated racehorse Manduro (rated 131) "by ranking him above all his former stable stars," reported racingpost.co.uk. Fabre declared Baron Georg von Ullmann's triple Gr1-winning German-bred 5YO entire Manduro (Monsun-Mandellicht, by Be My Guest) is "the best I have trained, and the best by a good margin." A day after Manduro's racing career was confirmed as over (due to a fracture incurred to his off-hind cannonbone during his 2.5-lengths weekend victory in France's Gr2 Prix Foy over 2400m at Longchamp in Paris), Fabre "heaped the highest possible accolade on Manduro (unbeaten in 5 successive victories this season) by describing him as superior to every one of his past champions, headed by Peintre Celebre, officially the joint-best horse in Europe in the past 20 years". Following his win in last month's French Gr1 Prix Jacques les Marois (1600m) at Deauville, it was announced Manduro would stand for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's Darley at the conclusion of his racing career, after breeding rights were secured "for a reported €23 million (A$37m)". This season Manduro also won the UK Gr1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes (10 furlongs) at Royal Ascot in June, following a 5-lengths victory in May's French Gr1 Prix d'Ispahan (1850m) at Longchamp; & he began 2007 with a course record in April's UK Gr3 Earl Of Sefton Stakes at Newmarket. Last year Manduro notched a series of placings in France's Gr1 Prix Du Moulin (1600m) at Longchamp, Gr1 Prix Du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois (1600m) at Deauville, Gr1 Prix D'Ispahan (1850m) at Longchamp & Gr1 Prix Ganay (2100m) at Longchamp, plus the UK Gr1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes (10 furlongs) at Royal Ascot & in 2005 finished runner-up in the Italian Gr1 Premio Roma (2000m) at Capannelle. Overall Manduro notched 10 wins (also including 2006's French Gr2 Prix d'Harcourt) from 18 starts for £1,037,461 prize-money (A$2.489m); he was a €90,000 (A$144,000) graduate of Germany's BBAG sale. Fabre summed up: "With Manduro, nothing seemed impossible. His attitude, his conformation, everything about him was exceptional. I even suggested to Baron von Ullmann that we should consider the Breeders' Cup Classic as an option: I was confident about the Arc & I was sure he was going to win in America as well. He was a horse with fantastic ability. I am not a historian, so I cannot say how many horses have been top class over the different distances; but to come back from a top race over a mile to win in the way he did over a mile & a half was amazing." Fabre's past stars include Peintre Celebre, Zafonic, Arcangues, Hurricane Run, Rail Link, Carnegie, In The Wings, Loup Sauvage, Pennekamp, Polish Precedent, Sagamix, Soviet Star, Subotica, Swain, Trempolino, Valixir & Xaar.