Sophie Gray gains Wolverhampton win

12 February 2018

SOPHIE Gray became the latest winner to carry the colours of Lord Lloyd-Webber when taking the 1m4f maiden at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening.

Trained by John Gosden, Sophie Gray is a daughter of Dansili and homebred mare Susan Stroman. She is a close relation to many of the stud’s leading lights including multiple Group 1 winner The Fugue in addition to Summoner and Compton Admiral.

Sophie Gray was having her third career start on Saturday and she has showed marked improvement up in trip to win convincingly in the hands of Kieran O’Neill.

She was always to the fore under O’Neill and was well positioned to strike on turning for home. She hit the front at the furlong marker and powered clear to win by four and a half lengths.


The Fugue foals Dubawi colt

29 January 2018

ALL at Watership Down Stud were delighted to welcome a Dubawi colt foal out of star racemare The Fugue on Friday morning (26 January).

This colt is the third foal out of the nine-year-old who carried the famous Lloyd-Webber silks to four Group 1 triumphs.

Both the colt and his mother are reported to be doing well and The Fugue is set to visit Siyouni in a few weeks’ time.

Simon Marsh, general manager of Watership Down Stud, said: “The Fugue has foaled an exceptional colt foal. It is early days but at this stage we couldn’t be happier.”

The Fugue, a daughter of Dansili, traces back to Sumoto, one of the stud’s foundation mares who bred eight winners, among them Group 1 winners Compton Admiral and Summoner.

The Fugue’s dam, Twyla Tharp, was also a daughter of Sumoto, who finished second in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.