Franconia Heading To France for Prix Minerve


The John Gosden trained Franconia will take a trip to France at the weekend and will contest the Prix Minerve at Deauville.

The Prince Khalid Abdullah owned filly has raced three times to date and has improved for every start, finishing second last year on her only juvenile start at Chelmsford and since then has landed both her contests this term.

She went to Newbury over 1 mile 2 furlongs on her seasonal debut and took the Listed race in very taking fashion, she backed that up at York at the back end of July in another Listed event and now a date in France is on the agenda.

Many trainers are sending more runners than ever over to France this season with the prize money on offer far outweighing what is being offered in England.

The daughter of Frankel is thought of very highly and is being shaped towards a go in a black type race but with how patient Gosden has been, it may just be the making of her.

“She’s an intended runner in the Group Three Prix Minerve,” said Abdullah’s racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe.

“It’s early days to say whether or not she’ll be staying in training next year.

“We’ll have to see how she how she progress and give it some more thought from there.

“Obviously she’s a progressive filly and this is one more step for her – it looks the logical next race.”