The Fugue drawn well in Dubai

27 March 2014

THE Fugue will break from stall four when she contests the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free at Meydan on Saturday evening.

The daughter of Dansili will bid to carry Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s colours to another big victory on World Cup Night, following in the footsteps of fellow Watership Down Stud homebred Dar Re Me who landed the Dubai Sheema Classic in 2010.

She is the top-rated in the field with three Group 1s already to her name as well as a string of top-level placings.

This nine-furlong contest will be the shortest trip she has run over since she finished fourth in the 2012 1000 Guineas but trainer John Gosden is optimistic that they have made the right choice.

He said: "She has had two easy days since leaving England and I'm very happy with her.

“It was always the plan to keep her in training as a five-year-old, and the biggest question here was which race to go for.

“My concern for the Dubai World Cup was that if the weather is hot, the all-weather surface can ride a little slow, so we decided to go for this race on turf, although if it continues raining, we may have made the wrong choice.”

The Fugue, ridden by William Buick, faces 12 rivals including top Japanese raider Just A Way and Dank, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf last November.

The race takes place at 4.39pm UK time.

Dubai Duty Free chosen for The Fugue

21 March 2014

THE Fugue is set to contest the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free on Cup Night next Saturday (March 29).

Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s homebred mare had also held entries in both the Dubai World Cup and the Dubai Sheema Classic but this race; nine furlongs on the turf, is the selected option.

Trainer John Gosden said: “She's going for the Duty Free. There's a preference to run her on turf for ground reasons.”

The Fugue, a daughter of Dansili, has already proven herself to be amongst the best middle-distance horses in the world.

She has struck three times at the top level and has also been placed in a further five Group 1 races.

When last seen in action she was a luckless second in the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin in December.

Declarations for World Cup Night take place on Monday morning.

Gold and Ducab land Meydan prizes

14 March 2014

THERE was further success for Watership Down Stud graduates at Meydan on Thursday with Touch Gold and Ducab hitting the target.

Touch Gold has been a revelation this winter, with this triumph being his fourth of the campaign.

He has been victorious over a mile twice and seven furlongs but Thursday’s success came in handicap company over six furlongs.

He was given a confident ride by Daniel Muscutt ,who kicked Touch Gold into the lead shortly after leaving the stalls. He travelled strongly through the race before striding clear up the straight, winning by a length and a quarter.

Later in the day Ducab returned to winning ways with a comfortable victory in a nine-furlong handicap.

The son of Dansili is a full-brother to Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s star mare The Fugue.

Owned by Sultan Ali, Ducab won a Chester maiden last summer and has improved since switching to Dubai.

Ducab was sold at Tattersalls Book 2 for 33,000gns whist Touch Gold was purchased privately at Arqana in 2010 for owner H E Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan.

Another Classic prospect for 'Claba' line

11 March 2014

WATERSHIP Down Stud mare Claba Di San Jore heralds from one of Italy’s most prolific winning bloodlines and there looks to be another decent performer in the family in the form of So Many Shots.

So Many Shots is out of Cland Di San Jore, a half-sister to Claba Di San Jore. A three-year-old daughter of Duke Of Marmalade, So Many Shots ran out an impressive winner of the Premio Nanoccia in Rome on Saturday and is now being aimed at the Italian Oaks.

Trainer Stefano Botti said: “I am very pleased because So Many Shots really needed a run and will improve a lot. She is a strong filly, she will stay further and is a Oaks prospect, but it is a long way from this win to the Classic.”

Claba Di San Jore (Barathea) was bought by Watership Down Stud for 575,000gns at Tattersalls in 2012. She has produced three Group 1 winners to date in Jakkalberry, Crackerjack King and Awelmarduk.