Treve flattened by The Fugue
Trainer John Gosden made it a Group One double over the opening two days of Royal Ascot, as The Fugue ran out an impressive winner of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.
The daughter of Dansili who finished third to Al Kazeem in the race last year, bounced back from a below par effort in Dubai to record her fourth Group One victory in the 1m 2f event, in the process breaking the track record.
Despite the wealth of confidence behind the odds on market leader Treve, The Fugue was well supported before the off and travelled supremely throughout the race, under her ideal conditions.
The five-year-old was ideally placed under the handling of William Buick as Elkaayed set a furious pace for Mukhadram. Elkaayed began to empty turning for home, while The Fugue under Buick looked full of running and stayed on strongly to record a length and three-quarter victory over Magician and the heavily fancied Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Treve back in third.
Treve did not travel as expected for Frankie Dettori but the form may turn out to be strong given the first three home broke the track record.
Buick said: “She’s been an absolute star for me and everybody back at the yard. She proved today what she can do against top-class horses.
“I must say a huge thank you to everyone back at Clarehaven for getting this filly here today. When she gets an uncomplicated run like she did today and they come back to her, she’s lethal, like she was there. It means everything to everyone involved.”
Gosden added: “This is great and the interesting thing about this race was that it was all about girl power, with Treve and this filly.
“It didn’t work, the trip to Dubai (for the Dubai Duty Free). We trained her in the winter and she was like a little bud that went tight, but now she’s flowered and she looks great.
“She got knocked over in the Oaks (two years ago), she got absolutely creamed and should have won, but she remains a very brave, lovely filly.
“She has superb owner-breeders, they don’t have many in training and to have a filly of this quality, to beat the colts, is what it’s all about.
“Treve is a wonderous filly and I would not want to take on Treve on soft ground over a mile and a half in the Arc – I wouldn’t want to go near her, I think she’s unbeatable.
“But today was summer racing, a mile and a quarter on good to firm ground, and that’s the difference. You look at races like the Eclipse and the Juddmonte International and hope we have summer weather. She has little feet like a ballerina and doesn’t like soft ground, so if it’s soft we don’t run.”
By Joseph Smyth / Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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