Andre Fabre is one of the legends of the sport. He has been champion trainer in France no fewer than 29 times and his exploits in Britain include scooping all the Classics.
A qualified lawyer and the son of a diplomat, he won more than 250 races as a jump jockey himself, including the Grand Steeplechase de Paris in 1977.
He initially trained jumpers but by 1983 he had switched solely to the Flat. He quickly dominated and was crowned champ every year between 1987 and 2007.
He has plundered all of France’s top races and scooped the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for a record eighth time in 2019 via Waldgeist. Trempolino 1987, Subotica 1992, Carnegie 1994, Peintre Celebre 1997, Sagamix 1998, Hurricane Run 2005 and Rail Link 2006 had been his previous victors.
Miss France’s QIPCO 1000 Guineas triumph in 2014 completed his full house of British Classics. He had conquered the Investec Derby with Pour Moi three years earlier having already ticked off the Oaks (1993 Intrepidity), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1993 Zafonic and 1995 Pennekamp) and Pertemps St Leger (1991 Toulon).
He knows a thing or two about how to win the Coronation Cup, too, as he has scooped that Epsom prize on six occasions.
Stateside, the victory of Talismanic in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Turf cemented Fabre’s position as one of the most successful European trainers in Breeders’ Cup history, with five victories and numerous places.
Even at 75, he remains a potent force with a strong stable of horses. Don’t discount him enjoying more Champions Series glory.