The Fugue is luckless in defeat

12 December 2013

LORD and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s top filly The Fugue did us proud again on Sunday morning when finishing second in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin.

Although she has put up another terrific display, we were left thinking what could have been, as jockey William Buick was blocked at a crucial stage allowing the eventual winner, Dominant, to get first run.

Once in the clear, The Fugue showed her trademark turn of foot and flew home down the outside. Sadly the line came too soon and she failed by just under a length.

Simon Marsh, general manager of Watership Down Stud, said: “She's ran an absolutely fantastic race. She never seems to put a bad one in.”

“She was last entering into the straight so she's done very well to finish where she did. She's run a huge race again."

“Hopefully she's okay and we can look forward to a really good year next year.”

All at Watership Down Stud were thrilled to see that Daana Qatar broker her maiden at second time of asking when winning maiden at Le Mans in France earlier this month.

The three-year-old comes from one of the stud’s most successfull families and sold for 430,000gns as a yearling in 2011.

She is by Galileo out of Evita, a half-sister to champions Dar Re Mi and Rewidling among other high-class performers. She is descended from Watership Down’s top foundation mare Darara.