There has been a slight in form for The Fugue of late – in fact she hasn’t come first in a Group 1 since she proudly won the race in Nassau last year. The Fugue will now be racing against horses of her own sex for the first time this season which means this could be the perfect opportunity to make her mark once again with the Darley Yorkshire Oaks coming up. In terms of the statistics – The Fugue is looking good! She is 5lbs above all of the other horses competing in the race and her trainer John Godsen has been doing some great work with her.
Andrew Llod-Weebers famous four year old horse will also be racing. Venus De Milo is trained by experienced Aidan O’Brian and in terms of racing odds is definitely one of the favourites to possibly sneak past The Fugue. Godson commented on the rival stating that when she is on her best form that she will definitely be difficult to beat. She has however been a favourite in a number of races lately and been defeated in her last four – so maybe her form isn’t as good as Godsen thinks.
There were 2 starts this season where she was competing against boy horses and there was conflicting results. When she ran at Sandown – she came third which was slightly disappointing, however at the Royal Ascot she performed extremely well coming first ahead of rivals Al Kazeem and Mukhadram. Godsen went on to say:
“She was way below par at Sandown, where she must have been incubating something. We haven’t rushed her back and she has been working nicely, so I just hope what happened last time hasn’t left a mark. There was brutal rain during last year’s Yorkshire Oaks and she did not like running into it.”
As well as The Fugue and Venus De Milo – there is also Riposte. This horse will be the representative of Lady Cecil as unfortunately Wild Coco won’t be running due to the speed of the ground. The runner up horse for the English and German Oaks Secret Gesture will also be in attendance making it a very close race to call. Her trainer stated about The Fugue:
“If she is what I think she is she will be right in it, things did not go right for her at Epsom or in Germany. She is in good nick at home and we will find out how good she is at York.”
So who are you backing folks? We feel that this may be The Fugue’s race – with all things considered she is definitely a good shout. According to her trainer she is looking good and the fact that there are no males in the race is definitely to her advantage. As always it’s a close call – but we would pick her as the favourite.