14 November 2014

THE Fugue is due to be covered by leading sire Dubawi in 2015. The daughter of Dansili carried Lord Lloyd- Webbers colours to four Group 1 triumphs including her emphatic success in this year’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Not only did she have the likes of dual Arc heroine Treve, Magician and Eclipse winner Mukhadram in her wake that day, she also smashed the ten-furlong track record in the process. That effort earned her an official rating of 124, making her the top-rated filly/mare in Britain and Ireland.

Trained by John Gosden, The Fugue also won the 2012 Nassau Stakes and the 2013 Yorkshire Oaks and Irish Champion Stakes, where she showed her trademark turn of foot to beat multiple Group 1 winner Al Kazeem.

Unfortunately injury cut short her 2014 campaign and she returned to Watership Down Stud to join the Lloyd-Webber’s broodmare band in July. All in all she won six races; four at Group 1 level, earning prize money just shy of £2million.

Simon Marsh, general manager of Watership Down Stud said: “We are very pleased to be sending The Fugue to Dubawi. He is a tremendous stallion, who has an outstanding record both on the racetrack and in the sales ring, and we feel he will suit The Fugue.”

“We have been delighted with how she has ‘let down’ since returning to the stud. On the racecourse she had a terrific turn of foot, a high cruising speed and a wonderful temperament. If these attributes are transferred to her offspring she is sure to make a great broodmare.”

Lady Madeleine Lloyd-Webber added: “The Fugue gave us an enormous amount of pleasure during her racing career and we are excited that she is now joining our broodmare band at Watership Down Stud.”

The Fugue heralds from one of Watership Down Stud’s most successful families. Her dam, the Group 2-placed Twyla Tharp is a daughter of foundation mare Sumoto. A daughter of Mtoto, Sumoto also produced Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Summoner and Eclipse winner Compton Admiral.

The Fugue joins the Lloyd-Webber’s fellow multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi, whose first foal De Treville was placed at Group 3 level in France this season.