Sulaalaat impresses in Nottingham victory

31 July 2014

SULAALAAT made light work of her rivals when winning a six-furlong maiden at Nottingham this afternoon.

Owned by Sheikh Hamdan, the daughter of New Approach stepped up on her recent debut second to win as she liked under Paul Mulrennan.

She jumped well from the stalls and dictated matters from the front. Mulrennan quickened the pace with two furlongs to run and she stretched clear to win impressively by four lengths.

Sulaalaat was sold for 180,000gns at Tattersalls Book 1 last October. She is a half-sister to winners Madeed and Khudoua.

Her dam, Danehill Dreamer, is a half-sister to Eclipse winner Compton Admiral, QEII winner Summoner and Twyla Tharp, dam of champion The Fugue.


The Fugue returns home

29 July 2014

THE FUGUE arrived home to Watership Down Stud this morning following her retirement from racing earlier this month.

Owned by Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber and trained by John Gosden, The Fugue enjoyed a fantastic career on the racetrack, which included four victories at Group 1 level.

Fittingly, her first Group 1 triumph came almost exactly two years ago to the day when she landed the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood under a perfectly-timed Richard Hughes ride.

The following season she took the Yorkshire Oaks in August before beating the boys in emphatic fashion in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

But she saved the best until this June when few will forget the ease at which she swept past the likes of Treve, Magician and Mukhadram to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes in a course record time.

Sadly her career was cut short due to an injury picked up in the Coral Eclipse Stakes earlier this month.

Gosden and his team at Clarehaven Stables in Newmarket have overseen her ‘letting’ down over the past few weeks and she is now ready to return home.

She will be covered next spring and is an exciting addition to the broodmare band at Watership Down Stud.


De Treville lands Chantilly maiden

17 July 2014

DE Treville, the first foal out of star race mare Dar Re Mi, opened his account at the second time of asking over seven furlongs at Chantilly this afternoon.

The colt by Oasis Dream was purchased for 850,000gns at Tattersalls Book 1 last year by Charlie Gordon-Watson on behalf of owner Rashit Shaykhutdinov.

Trained by Andre Fabre, he was second on his debut over today’s course and distance last month and had little trouble getting off the mark under Maxime Guyon.

He showed greenness in the early stages but picked up the pacesetter Mangouni well inside the closing stages, going on to win by three-quarters of a length.

Dar Re Mi won six times for Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber. Three of those victories came at Group 1 level including her memorable triumph over Buena Vista in the 2010 Dubai Sheema Classic.


The Fugue is retired

11 July 2014

LORD and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s flagship performer The Fugue has been retired to stud.

The homebred daughter of Dansili picked up an injury when running in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown last Saturday and it has been decided to retire her.

She has been a terrific racemare and is an exciting mare to bring back to Watership Down Stud.

By Dansili out of the Group 2-placed Twyla Tharp, The Fugue descends from Watership Down foundation mare Sumoto.

She made a winning debut at two when taking a maiden at Newmarket in November.

She began her three-year-old campaign in the 1000 Guineas where she came with a strong late rattle to finish fourth.

Upped to a mile and a quarter she easily landed the Musidora Stakes before a luckless third in the Oaks at Epsom. Her first Group 1 victory came at Glorious Goodwood where she showed her trademark turn of foot to win comfortably by a length from Timepiece.

She ran twice more at three; a close second in the Yorkshire Oaks and also an unlucky third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

At four she picked up a brace of Group 1s; barely coming off the bridle to win the Yorkshire Oaks before beating the boys in the Irish Champion Stakes. She also finished second in both the Breeders’ Cup Turf and the Hong Kong Vase.

However, she saved the best until Royal Ascot this year when she stormed to victory in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, smashing the course record in the process.

Paying tribute her trainer John Gosden said: “Unfortunately The Fugue sustained an injury to her near-fore in the Eclipse Stakes. Having discussed the matter with Andrew and Madeleine Lloyd-Webber, we have taken the decision, in the best interests of the filly, to retire her from racing.”

“The Fugue has been a pleasure to train and to be around for all of us here and she never ceased to amaze us with her courage and athletic ability.”

Lady Lloyd-Webber added: “It is impossible to describe how much fun The Fugue has given us over the last two and a half years.”

“She has taken us to 14 Group 1s all around the world culminating in the highlight of her career last month when she beat the track record in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.

“We feel incredibly privileged and lucky to have bred and owned such a magnificent filly and we look forward to her coming home to the stud for her second career.

“We would also like to put on record our thanks to John Gosden and his team at Clarehaven for their work and dedication throughout her career.”

Jockey William Buick said: “She should be remembered for those good wins she had, especially in the Prince of Wales's this year. She broke the track record and beat world champion horses.

“She's a filly that will always be close to my heart. She was all about pace - turn of foot, travel and pace.”