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Leopardstown Next For The Fugue
The John Gosden-trained mare The Fugue (Dansili-Twyla Tharp, by Sadler's Wells) has emerged as a possible starter in Saturday's Gr1 Irish Champion Stakes (10 furlongs) at Leopardstown, reports theguardian.com. The prospect of a dry track has prompted the 4YOs owners, Lord & Lady Lloyd Webber, to seriously consider the Irish feature. "John [Gosden] is not here at the moment, but we will talk about things in the next couple of days," commented Simon Marsh, racing and bloodstock manager for Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber. "Looking at the weather forecast there is not a lot of rain around at the moment and she has got her preferred ground, so we might let her take her chance. There has been no decision about Saturday, but she would be a definite possible," Marsh added. The Fugue, last-start impressive winner of the Gr1 Yorkshire Oaks, has always been held in high regard by Gosden and her regular rider William Buick. But it is likely she will have to produce a career-best performance if she is to claim her third Gr1 success (the other being the Nassau Stakes in August 2012) with no less than 10 Gr1 winners among the 13 possible runners. Indeed, the Irish Champion Stakes is shaping as one of the highlights of the flat racing season with the likes of Declaration Of War, Al Kazeem, Camelot, Cirrus Des Aigles, Ruler Of The World, Trading Leather & the undefeated Galileo 3YO colt Kingsbarns all potential combatants.