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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Team Fugue take aim at 'the big one'

JOHN GOSDEN declared The Fugue in "tremendous shape" as his star filly limbered up for the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita tomorrow evening.

The Irish Champion Stakes winner was accompanied on the grass by big-race pilot William Buick, and was watched by Gosden, part-owner Madeleine Astrid Gurdon and racing manager Simon Marsh. An unlucky-in-running third in the Filly & Mare Turf event last year, connections have this time elected to take on her male counterparts over a longer trip, and she travelled to America having skipped the Arc and Champions Day due to rain-softened conditions.

Gosden said: "She seems fine and had a nice lob around the turf track. She moved very smoothly and certainly knew her way around the place. I'm pleased to see that the weather has brightened up, as it was cloudy and rainy over the past couple of days. "It's a good, strong field and I have a lot of respect for Point Of Entry, who is a fine big horse, but our filly is in tremendous shape and we thought 'let's go for the big one'."

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