The Fugue makes the frame in Royal Ascot Group

19 June 2013

THE Fugue finished third on her seasonal return in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot this afternoon. The daughter of Dansili, who carries the colours of Andrew Lloyd-Webber, was having her first start since finishing third at the Breeders’ Cup last November.

All except one of her rivals had run this season and had the benefit of race fitness but the John Gosden-trained filly confirmed that she is up there with the best middle distance performers in Europe.

William Buick settled The Fugue at the rear of the field, which was taken along at a decent tempo by Mukhadram.

She travelled well but Mukhadram kicked off the turn, stealing a few lengths on his rivals.

The eventual winner Al Kazeen was always handy and went in pursuit of the leader. Those two fought out the closing stages but The Fugue ran on very strongly to take third.

It was a very encouraging start to the year and fingers crossed she can add another Group 1 to her CV later in the season.

Gosden said: “She's run a good race. She finished very strongly. The first two were of a very high standard coming into the race and I was thrilled with her. The key to her is fast ground. She has lots of options; The Nassau, Eclipse, King George."

The Fugue set for Royal Ascot return

14 June 2013

LORD and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s star race filly The Fugue is likely to make her seasonal reappearance at Royal Ascot next week.

Trained by John Gosden, the daughter of Dansili holds entries in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes and the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes both of which take place on Wednesday.

Last season The Fugue was among the leading three-year-olds in Britain. Her victory in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood was the highlight but she was also second in the Yorkshire Oaks before finishing the campaign with an unlucky third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

At this stage, the favoured option for The Fugue is the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, run over a mile and a quarter, the same distance at the Nassau Stakes.

Simon Marsh, racing manager for the Lloyd-Webber’s, said: “As long as the ground is in her favour, we are leaning towards the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. She is in good form and we hope she will give a good account of herself. It is a tough ask on her first start of the year but she has gone well fresh in the past and we know she is a very good filly.”

If she lines up in the Prince of Wales’s, The Fugue’s likely opposition include three-time Classic hero Camelot and Al Kazeem, winner of the Tattersalls Gold Cup when last seen in action.