The John Gosden-trained The Fugue (11/4) finally landed her maiden Group 1 success, when coming with a perfectly timed run under Richard Hughes to win the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
The result followed a series of fine performances this season that had already marked her down as a very talented filly, writes Elliot Slater.
Owned by Lady Lloyd-Webber, the daughter of Dansili had been sent off favourite on Betfair for the Investec Oaks at Epsom in June, after a stunning win in the Group 3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York a fortnight earlier.
However, although she ran a fine race, she eventually came up short, in being beaten three-quarters-of-a-length into third place behind the surprise winner, Was, trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien.
Although the easy ground at Royal Ascot three weeks later was far from ideal, The Fugue kept on best of the rest to finish runner-up to Princess Highway in the Ribblesdale Stakes.
At Goodwood, back on a better surface and dropped in trip to 10 furlongs, Gosden’s three-year-old showed the same lightning turn of foot that had served her so well at York, earlier in the term.
She came from off the pace under a beautifully timed run under Richard Hughes, to catch the gallant Timepiece, and score comfortably by a length in the prestigious event.
The winner might next be seen back on the Knavesmire at the feature Ebor Festival meeting, where a possible step back up in trip to a mile-and-a-half could be on the cards for the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks, a race open to fillies and mares normally run on the decent ground that seems to suit The Fugue so well.
Although it would come less than three weeks after her Goodwood win, there is little doubt that the Nassau Stakes heroine had an easier time than many anticipated, and she may well have enough left in the tank to take in another top grade affair this month.