|Friday 4th July 2014|
More Success Expected for The Fugue
The Fugue goes into Saturday’s Group One Coral-Eclipse looking to continue her excellent form this season and build on her victory in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot where she not only beat a Breeders’ Cup winner in Magician, but also last season’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe victor Treve.
If the rain does stay away from Sandown, John Gosden’s mare will take all the beating. Her win at Ascot was her third Group One success of her career. She proved she was more than capable of taking on her opposite sex when she scored in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown last season. That field included odds-on favourite Al Kazeem and Kingsbarns.
The biggest danger to The Fugue this weekend could be Kingston Hill. He would appreciate any rain in the ground. The three-year old colt won in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster last October and then followed that up by chasing home Australia to finish second in the Derby at Epsom.
Roger Varian’s stable star was taken out of the Irish Derby last Saturday because conditions did not fall right. That race would have been over the trip of 1m4f but a step down to 10f is not thought to be a problem for connections.
Night of Thunder is another of the three-year old crop to tackle the older horses for the first time at Sandown. He won the opening Classic of the season in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. That form was reversed at Royal Ascot though as Kingman gained revenge in the St James’s Palace Stakes.
There has been money for Richard Hannon’s runner this week and he is likely to go off as the second favourite for the contest.
If conditions stay dry and The Fugue continues her good form of the last 12 months, the rest of the field could be fighting it out for second place in the Eclipse.