fugueThe Fugue captured the 2014 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes in thrilling style when breaking the Ascot 10-furlong course record, with odds-on favourite Treve only third. Her time came to 2m 1.90s in the Group One contest, as against the previous record of 2m 2.52s achieved by Cirrus Des Aigles in the 2011 QIPCO Champion Stakes. She won by a length and three quarters under William Buick from Magician, with Treve another length away.

John Gosden, welcoming in the big-race winner for the second day running at Royal Ascot after Kingman’s victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes yesterday, said: “It’s lovely to win the two big races. I actually walked down with the Princess Royal and said there’s something interesting about this race – it’s all about girl power with Treve and this filly.

“It didn’t work, the trip to Dubai and training in the winter, but The Fugue has come back. She was like a little bud – she went tight but now she has flowered and she looked great. She won best turned out and I thought that was a curse.

“I had to keep Madeleine (Lloyd-Webber) away from William (Buick) because I think that she wanted to make the running and I said that there was a pace-maker. The Fugue got knocked over in the Oaks – she got absolutely creamed and nearly went on the ground. She remains a brave, lovely filly and they are super owner-breeders. They don’t have many horses in training and, to have a filly of this quality who can beat the colts, is what this game is all about.

“You look at races like the Eclipse and the Juddmonte International. You look at those two races and hope that we have summer weather. The Fugue doesn’t like soft ground, with her little feet like a ballerina, so if it’s soft we don’t run.

“The Fugue was in top order today – we didn’t have to stop the ferries, the planes and the ports! Full credit to Treve – it was marvellous of them bring her here. I think she is unbeatable over a mile and a half with cut in the ground in the autumn and we would not go near her then. But I thought we had half a chance if we met Treve on good to firm ground over a mile and a quarter in mid-summer – we might do her for a bit of toe.

“The Fugue is a five-year-old now and it was very good of the Lloyd-Webbers to keep her in training at five. Horses get all their teeth when they are four and she is now fully developed. She is a powerful and magnificent filly – we are lucky to have her to train.

“She was just ready – her last work was spot on and she was cherry ripe. I was training for 10 days hence. You might think that a bit weird but she has just blossomed with the weather. The decision (to come here) was made on Saturday morning. Now we can go for the Nassau (at Glorious Goodwood) and we could go for the Eclipse (Sandown next month) which comes close but she did not have the hardest of races today and William was under the strictest instructions, not that he needed to be told, that he could flick her – no more than that. She is a filly who will give you all without asking.

“We pulled out at 6am this morning and Kingman came to his stall and said I want to go out – why am I not going out. He ate up last night and is in great form. It was great for Kingman because he has gears and I gave James (Doyle) the confidence to wait. Just wait until the furlong-pole and then blitz them because he has that speed which is very rare.

“Same thing today with William – another young jockey. I said don’t be in a hurry – last year he was criticised for getting there late. I said just do the same – it is a smaller field and there won’t be a problem. He rode her beautifully.

“It is about class and turn of foot – they both have it and I am lucky to have them. When they are retired, I will be looking desperately for other ones.”

Lord Lloyd-Webber remarked: “We did genuinely think that we were going to let her have a stroll round the park. Nobody believed that she would quite do this but it’s the best racing day in our whole racing career.”

Lady Lloyd-Webber commented: “She so deserves this. It hasn’t gone her way sometimes and this is a very big stage to do it at.  Andrew has never seen her win – he is the kiss of death – and I hoped that he would have a cold today and not come! The Fugue has got her recognition as one of the best horses in Europe.”


The Fugue in a league of her own

 William Buick recorded his first victory of the Royal meeting after the smooth of success of John Gosden’s star filly The Fugue who broke the course record in her one and three-quarter length romp in the Group One Prince of Wales’s Stakes. After a disappointing run at Meydan in March, the five-year-old bounced back to form today.

Buick said about the 11/2 victor: “She has been an absolute star for me and everybody back in the yard. She proved today what she can do against top-class horses but I must say a huge thank you to everyone back at Clarehevan for getting this filly here today – Gary Foster rides her every day, Emily looks after her very well and obviously beautifully trained by John.

“When she gets a clear, uncomplicated run like she did today without any bother and they come back to her, she’s lethal. It means everything to everyone involved. It was a great performance and she has been going well at home. She was very good.”

Buick praised the daughter of Dansili’s reliability: “Her peformances in the past even since she won her maiden have been at the very top level. She always fights and the race today, it was a nice even pace. I haven’t seen the replay yet but it rode like a race where everyone had a chance. She got a smooth run through and she has stayed on well.”

Buick added: “The vibes were very good going into the race. We were fully aware of Treve and what she achieved but you have to believe in your own horse in these races and we had a lot of faith in her. You can’t become clouded because of one horse and we had confidence. She always tries her best and I’m pleased that she has won this for herself. I have ridden her since the star and she has been a star for me. It’s a fantastic race to win but to get her back as a five-year-old mare at this level is great and she’s a credit to the team at home. I had a perfect run through, it was a very clean race, good even pace and it rode like a race where every horse had it’s chance. It was very easy.”

 As to the future, Buick earmarked the possibility of the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown: “These strong mile and a quarter races, that is where she is best. The Coral-Eclipse may be next I presume as the timing suits quite well, I’m sure that will be on the agenda but obviously I have not spoken to connections about the next step, we’re just enjoying today but I’m sure that will definitely be thought about. We are aware of races such as the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe and mile and four furlong races like that. I just feel she has more effective over a mile and a furlong. Every winner means a lot but to win the Prince of Wales and on this filly is amazing. Me and her have been through a lot together.”

3.45pm Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1)

£525,000 total prize fund. For 4yo+, 1m 2f. Weights: colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalty value 1st £297,727.50 2nd £112,875.00 3rd £56,490.00 4th £28,140.00 5th £14,122.50 6th £7,087.50

1) THE FUGUE (Lord Lloyd-Webber) John Gosden 5-8-11 William Buick [7] 11/2

2) MAGICIAN (IRE) (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Aidan O’Brien IRE t4-9-00 Joseph O’Brien [8] 6/1

3) TREVE (FR) (Al Shaqab Racing) Criquette Head-Maarek FR 4-8-11 Frankie Dettori [2] 8/13f

4) MUKHADRAM (Hamdan Al Maktoum) William Haggas 5-9-00 Paul Hanagan [1]

5) DANK (James Wigan) Sir Michael Stoute 5-8-11 Ryan Moore [6]

6) PARISH HALL (IRE) (Jackie Bolger) Jim Bolger IRE t5-9-00 Kevin Manning [5]

7) ZAMBUCCA (SAF) (H Al Mehairi) Gay Kelleway 6-9-00 Pat Cosgrave [3]

8) ELKAAYED (USA) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Roger Varian 4-9-00 Dane O’Neill [4]


8 ran

Time: 2m 1.90s (track record)

Distances: 1¾, 1, 1½, 6, ½, 6, 16

Breeder: Watership Down Stud  Breeding: b/br m Dansili – Twyla Tharp (IRE) (Sadler´s Wells (USA))

Tote      Win £5.80          Place £1.60 £1.80 £1.10 Exacta £38.50

Winning Trainer:-Name: Gosden, John Harry Martin Born: Hove, 30/3/51 Date of first trainer’s licence (Britain): 1988(previously a leading trainer in USA, 1980-1988) Trains at Clarehaven Stables, Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk (previously at Manton and Newmarket) First winner in Europe:Intimidate, Kempton, March 27, 1989 English Classic Wins (7): 1,000 Guineas (2000 Lahan), Investec Oaks (2014 Taghrooda), Investec Derby (1997 Benny The Dip), Ladbrokes St Leger (1996 Shantou, 2007 Lucarno, 2010 Arctic Cosmos, 2011 Masked Marvel) Irish Classic Wins (3): Irish 2,000 Guineas (2014 Kingman), Irish St Leger (1992 Mashaallah, 2011 Duncan) French Classic Wins (2): Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda) Royal Ascot Wins (35):Chesham Stakes (1990 Chicarica, 1998 Rhapsodist), Jersey Stakes (1991 Satin Flower, 2000 Observatory), Queen’s Vase (1992 Landowner), King George V Handicap (1993 Learmont, 1997 Heritage), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 95 Muhtarram, 2014 The Fugue), Britannia Handicap (1996 North Song, 1998 Plan-B, 2000 El Gran Papa, 2001 Analyser), Ascot Stakes (1999 High And Mighty), Norfolk Stakes (1999 Warm Heart), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2002 Demonstrate), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2002 Malhub), Coventry Stakes (2004 Iceman), King Edward VII Stakes (2005 Plea Bargain, 2011 Nathaniel), Coronation Stakes (2006 Nannina, 2012 Fallen For You), Windsor Forest Stakes (2007 Nannina, 2012 Joviality), Royal Hunt Cup (2007 Royal Oath), Ribblesdale Stakes (2008 Michta), Hardwicke Stakes (2009 Bronze Cannon), Queen Mary Stakes (2010 Maqaasid), Wolferton Handicap (2011 Beachfire, 2012 Gatewood), Albany Stakes (2012 Newfangled), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2012 Camborne), Tercentenary Stakes (2013 Remote), St James’s Palace Stakes (2014 Kingman) First Royal Ascot Win: Chicarica (June 21, 1990 – Chesham Stakes) Wins in a season (1989-2013): 27; 88; 86; 113; 109; 92; 86; 75; 91; 77; 74; 80; 55; 85; 72; 66; 91; 56; 68; 95; 88; 105; 99; 119; 108 Champion Trainer: 2012  Wins in 2014: 46

Winning jockey:-Name: Buick, William Born: Norway, July 22, 1988 Background:. Made a sensational start to his career, finishing runner-up to James Doyle in the 2006/07 All-Weather apprentice title race with 24 winners. His father, Walter, was eight-time champion jockey in Scandinavia and rode 22 classic winners in his career, and is a race reader and a work-rider for Marcus Tregoning. Shared the 2008 apprentice title with David Probert, and appointed stable jockey for John Gosden at the start of 2010. First Ride in Britain: Tiny Tim, Brighton, August 10, 2006 First Winner: Bank On Benny, Axminster Carpets Apprentice Handicap, Salisbury, September 27, 2006English Classic Wins (2): Ladbrokes St Leger (2010 Arctic Cosmos, 2011 Masked Marvel) Irish Classics (1): Irish Oaks (2012 Great Heavens) Royal Ascot Wins (10):  Albany Stakes (2012 Newfangled), Coronation Stakes (2012 Fallen For You), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2012 Camborn), King Edward VII Stakes (2011 Nathaniel), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2014 The Fugue), Tercentenary Stakes (2013 Remote), Wolferton Handicap (2011 Beachfire, 2012 Gatewood), Windsor Forest Stakes (2012 Joviality), Wokingham Stakes (2007 Dark Missile) First Group One Win:Lahaleeb, E P Taylor Stakes, Woodbine, October 17, 2009 Other Big Race Wins Include: Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (2010 Dream Ahead), Doncaster Cup (2010 Samuel), Dubai Sheema Classic (2010 Dar Re Mi), Arlington Million (2010 Debussy), Darley Prix Morny (2010 Dream Ahead), Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup (2011 Duncan), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) (2011 Nathaniel), Betfred Sprint Cup (2011 Dream Ahead), Prix Marcel Boussac (2011 Elusive Kate), Prix de la Foret (2011 Dream Ahead, 2012 Gordon Lord Byron) Gran Premio Di Milano (2012 Earl Of Tinsdal), Pretty Polly Stakes (2012 Izzi Top), Coral-Eclipse (2012 Nathaniel), Prix Rothschild (2012 & 2013 Elusive Kate), Nunthorpe Stakes (2012 Ortensia), Betfred Cambridgeshire (2012 Bronze Angel), Jebel Hatta (2013 Sajjhaa) Falmouth Stakes (2013 Elusive Kate), Yorkshire Oaks (2013 The Fugue), Irish Champion Stakes (2013 The Fugue) Wins (2006-2013): 10; 67; 54 (shared apprentice title with David Probert); 66; 99; 106; 130; 116 Wins In 2014: 41