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Queensland beckons for Detox’s daughter

The Queensland Winter Carnival is a possibility for exciting three-year-old En Francais after her brilliant debut at Gawler last Sunday.

With the Adelaide Racing Carnival coming up too soon, trainer Jake Stephens said connections were assessing all options with the daughter of Puissance De Lune after she settled back and rounded up rivals with ease before winning by 3.7 lengths over the 1200m trip.

“We are just working out what we do now,” Stephens said.

“It’s a bit late for our carnival here. She is a horse who likes the softer tracks, so we’ve waited to push the button on her until now and it’s really paid dividends.”

While next Saturday’s Listed Adelaide Guineas over the 1800m was a possibility, Stephens said a trip to Melbourne could be the better option so early in her career.

“I might put a nom in for the Guineas here, but I don’t really want to run her in it,” Stephens said.

“It might be a bit much too soon.

“There is a race at Flemington, a fillies mile, in two weeks’ time. If she ran well there, I could entertain her heading to Queensland.

“She’s got so much talent. It might be the right move to go there when she can take on her own age and chase the black type.”

A daughter of Detox, who won six races and finished runner-up in a Balaklava Cup, Stephens said En Francais had always shown talent and had the demeanour to be a very good horse, evident with the way she was able to put away her rivals on debut.

“Detox had a couple of wind issues all the way through and used to pull a bit in her races,” Stephens said,

“This filly is the opposite. She’s got beautiful scope and racing manners.

“It was only a maiden, but when they can have that turn of foot, and she was probably only 80 per cent fit, it’s exciting.”

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