Unbeaten Shamshon looks exciting prospect

23 August 2013

Greenisland boards at Kiltinan Castle Stud in Ireland where Shamshon was born and raised. He was transferred to Watership Down Stud last July where he underwent his preparation for the sales.

The stud’s work hand in hand to give each individual every chance to reach it’s full potential both in the sales ring and on the track.

Owned by HE Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani and trained by Richard Hannon, Shamshon made a winning debut at Sandown in July.

He then stepped up to Listed company at Deauville Wednesday 15th August where he put up an authoritative display to beat Adventure Love by three quarters of a length.

Shamshon holds entries in the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury and the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. Based on his two impressive victories to date, it would be no surprise to see him make his mark at that level.

Emphatic Yorkshire Oaks victory for The Fugue

22 August 2013

This victory was arguably her most impressive ever as she travelled supremely well under William Buick, who settled her in third position during the early stages of the mile and a half contest.

As they entered York’s long straight the pacesetter Scintillula soon gave way leaving Venus De Milo in front.

At this point Buick took aim and The Fugue picked up in devastating fashion to win under hands and heels by four lengths.

The Fugue showed today that she is back to her brilliant best having returned a dirty scope following her disappointing run in the Eclipse at Sandown in July.

Buick said: “I'm delighted for the filly as she's showed everyone what she can do.”

“They went a good gallop up front and it's sometimes difficult to make the ground up when it's quick. She loves this ground though and is top class when it's like this.”

Trainer John Gosden added: “It's lovely to have a nice home-bred filly like this. I'm happy for her as I thought she'd get very near to the colts in the Eclipse but she was very ill afterwards and that wasn't her running.”

"We had to miss the Nassau as a result but it meant she was on top form for this race and it's all come right.”

Lady Lloyd-Webber said: “It’s unbelievable, a relief to see her back to her best after she wasn’t herself in the Eclipse.”

“She loves this ground and it’s lovely to see William win a Group 1 on her.”

This has been a lucky race for Watership Down Stud as fellow homebred Dar Re Mi was victorious in the 2009 renewal.

Update on The Fugue

19 August 2013

Initially, plans for The Fugue had included a bid to secure back-to-back Nassau Stakes victories but Glorious Goodwood came too soon.

Gosden pointed the way to either the Yorkshire Oaks at York on August 22 or the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville three days later. Both are Group 1 events for fillies and mares only.

Gosden said: “She ran brilliantly in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and was training well before the Eclipse.”

“I was very confident about her going into the race - her scope was perfect - then on the day she ran distressed, was full of mucus and everything.”

“I backed right off her and she is terribly well now and back cantering.”