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‘The Fugue is simply the best’ says jockey William Buick
WILLIAM BUICK declared The Fugue was the best filly he had ever ridden as she made easy work of a top class field to win the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York.
The four-year-old, who lost out to Shareta in the mile and a half Group 1 contest 12 months ago, became the undisputed queen of Knavesmire with a hugely impressive four length victory over Venus De Milo.
The Fugue, trained by John Gosden, was cantering all over the runner up with two furlongs left and she simply left her rival standing.
It was a welcome return to form for the 2-1 favourite after she disappointed in the Eclipse at Sandown last time out – finishing last – and Buick said last year’s Musidora winner at York was “amazing”.“She has put the record straight and she is the best middle distance filly around – end of story,” he said.
“We went quite a nice gallop and she saw it out very well. She has got that electric turn of foot. She’s the best filly I have ridden.
“I thought she was going to do what she did from a long way out. When I asked her, it was instant. She is awesome from a jockey’s point of view and it is great when you have got good horses like this around.”
Gosden added that it was about time The Fugue had enjoyed a bit of ‘racing luck’.
“I expected her to go really well in the Eclipse and was obviously devastated when she didn’t,” he said. “Before the race she seemed fine but afterwards she was very ill for the next ten days. She’s come back which is full testament to her.
“She hasn’t had much racing luck. She was ruthlessly knocked over in the Oaks, caught out in a thunderstorm last year, beaten a neck by Shareta and boxed in and never got a run at Santa Anita last year.
“At the moment I am more inclined to go for the Breeders’ Cup mile and a half race rather than the fillies’ and mares.”
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