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Dan Kelly’s FFP – Week 3

Sorry seems to be the hardest word


Sometime things don’t work out. They supposedly didn’t for The Fugue on Saturday according to William Buick, “It was always our plan to drop her out because we knew it would be a ferocious pace but it wouldn’t have mattered what tactics we’d used because I knew before halfway that it was a lost cause.”


John Gosden’s thoughts on the ground soon changed following her defeat, via Chris Cook, Guardian (@claimsfive) 3:29pm: Asked John Gosden if this late rain was a worry for The Fugue. “No, because it won’t get in. It’s just a worry for our suits”


Post race “The race was set up perfectly for the boys in front, but, when it’s slick like that, she just spins her wheels. She likes dry, fast ground and that bloody shower made it greasy on top.”


Does the fact that Gosden comments on the race being set up perfectly for the boys in front and Buick stating he knew it would be a ferocious pace highlight the failings of William Buick?


He supposedly knew before halfway that it was a lost cause, but still asked his mount to run the quickest final 3f split of all the runners (36.8s) as per Simon Rowland’s hand timed sectionals.


Maybe Buick did put his hands up when one on one with the boss, but this is becoming a regular habit when he’s been riding The Fugue:


• Shuffled back in 2012 Oaks.
• Hitting the front too soon in the 2012 edition of the Yorkshire Oaks.
• All dressed up with nowhere to go in 2012 Breeders Cup Filly and Mare.
• Hopeless task from her position in the 2013 Prince Of Wales’ Stakes.
• Nailed on the line in the 2013 Breeders Cup Turf, hitting the front too soon?
• Troubled passage in the 2013 Hong Kong Vase.


She’s a four time Group 1 winning mare, one of those included an Irish Champion Stakes winning on a greasy surface following rain showers. She deserves to be talked about in the same sentences as Snow Fairy and Ouija Board, six and seven time winning Group 1 mares respectively, I do hope that Buick’s failings don’t rob her of the recognition she deserves.


Team Hamdan


After previously touching on the fractiousness of the Godolphin team at Moulton Paddocks, this weekend showed the benefits of a strong knit team with Mukhadram backing up Taghrooda’s Oaks win.


One presenter, partially right to, stated Paul Hanagan’s win on Taghrooda did not automatically put him on a par with Ryan Moore or a Richard Hughes. He’s no Ryan Moore, but to Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, Angus Gold and Richard Hills he is what Hughes is to Hannon, a main member of a team.


Paul Hanagan and Richard Fahey were, and still are, a combination that went far and wide, a combination that saw Hanagan win the 2010 and 2011 Jockeys Championship, a team which delivered results that were a greater sum than that of their individual parts. “Overall professionalism” being a huge factor in his appointment as Hamdan retained rider back in 2012.


Taghrooda’s win did not make a summer as Angus McNae pointed out, but maybe we should think about some Factor 15 if the Gosden and Haggas ball rolling continues during the coming months. The chemistry of Team Hamdan is obviously apparent.


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