The Fugue’s Arc bid dependent on the weather

30 September 2013

The Fugue has carried Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webbers famous pink colours to victory on her last two starts in the Yorkshire Oaks in August and last time out against colts in the Irish Champion Stakes.

Trainer John Gosden has been pleased with her since that victory and if the ground were to remain on the fast side, she could line up against the likes of Intello, Orfevre and Treve this weekend.

He said: “The Fugue worked well on Saturday and if the ground stays decent at Longchamp, she could well run.”

At this stage, the forecast is settled for the early part of the week with showers moving in towards the weekend.

The Fugue is ‘Champion’ at Leopardstown

08 September 2013

Irish Derby winner Trading Leather set an honest tempo up front and The Fugue relaxed into a good rhythm.

She moved up stylishly with three furlongs to run with Buick happy to track the run made by James Doyle aboard the 9/10 favourite Al Kazeem.

As they approached the final furlong it was clear the The Fugue was going much better than her main rivals so Buick eased her into the lead before kicking clear to win by a length and a quarter.

The daughter of Dansili, owned and bred by the Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber, is now a triple Group 1 winner with this success coming just two weeks after her easy victory in the Yorkshire Oaks.

Buick said: “She's one of the greats now. She's been so unlucky and should have won so many times last year. I'm just glad she's getting the rub of the green."

“She's always been special. She's very good and has arguably beaten the best around at the moment."

“She's beaten the colts in a championship race and it was a great performance the way she did it.”

Trainer John Gosden added: “It was a proper race. The first three went a solid gallop - Kevin (Manning on Trading Leather) didn't mess around. It was a proper, even test and she came through well."

“We'll take it a step at a time. She's in on Arc weekend but that would be dependent on the weather as we wouldn't want soft ground. I'd have thought the Breeders' Cup Turf would be on the agenda too.”

A delighted Lady Lloyd-Webber said: “I thought we would have to wait 20 years to get another filly like Dar Re Mi but here we are and it's unbelievable. She is just so tough.”

The Fugue declared for Irish Champion Stakes

05 September 2013

Her victory on the Knavesmire was her second at the top-level adding to her success in the 2012 Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Connections of the daughter of Dansili are praying that the rain stays away and that The Fugue will get her favoured fast ground.

A field of eight head to post for the mile and a quarter contest, including Juddmonte International winner Declaration of War and multiple Group 1 scorer Al Kazeem.

Despite such strong opposition, The Fugue’s jockey William Buick is confident that his mount has what it takes, he said: “It was great to see her back to her best at York. She is a filly everyone has always held in very high regard.”

“It’s going to be a tough race – taking on the colts – but hopefully the ground will suit and I don’t think the track will be a problem for her. Fingers crossed for a good run.”