The Fugue in good form ahead of Hong Kong

22 November 2013

THE Fugue’s jet-setting is set to continue as she prepares for a tilt at the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase on December 8. Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s filly was last seen running a terrific race when second to Magician in the Breeders’ Cup Turf and we are hoping she can go one better in Hong Kong.

Simon Marsh, general manager of Watership Down Stud, said: “The Fugue had a very good trip back from the Breeders' Cup and has been absolutely fine. She is in very good form and we are very happy with her.

“The track and conditions should suit her ideally in Hong Kong. She won the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood, which is a right-handed track and the ground should be fast, which she loves.”

“The idea would be to keep her in training next year. She is very talented and we are lucky to have her.”

Trained by John Gosden, The Fugue has been better than ever this year. In addition to her gallant second in America, she also landed the Yorkshire Oaks at the Ebor Festival in emphatic style as well as beating the likes of Al Kazeem and Trading Leather in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

So close for The Fugue

04 November 2013

THE Fugue ran her heart out to finish a gallant second to Magician in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Saturday evening.

Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s filly travelled supremely well in behind the leaders under William Buick before striking the front rounding the final bend.

She looked like the winner the whole way up the straight until Magician came flying down the outside to get up with 50 yards to run, winning by just half a length.

Trainer John Gosden said: “William did everything right, but Aidan's horse came wide and was having its first run since June, which made him difficult to assess."

“But I was delighted with the way my filly ran and hopefully she will come back next year.”

The Fugue has been a credit to connections this season. She has won twice at the top level; the Irish Champion Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks, as well as earning over £300,000 in prize money when runner-up on Saturday evening.