The Fugue Identified as ‘The One to Beat’
Following a return to form when finishing a narrow second to Fiorente in last month’s Melbourne Cup, popular seven-year-old Red Cadeaux’s “Main Problem” is The Fugue in this weekend’s Hong Kong Vase, according to connections.
Currently sitting as a 7-1 chance at Bet365 to successfully defend last year’s victory in the event, Ed Dunlop’s classy runner is set to be partnered by big race specialist Gerald Mosse; a pair who have managed an impressive record together.
Just pipped at the post in the Breeders’ Cup Turf last time, Irish Champion Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks winner The Fugue currently leads the market at Bet365; a figure well-deserved according to Dunlop’s travelling head Robin Trevor-Jones, who referred to the John Gosden-trained mare as “fit as a flea”.
Trevor-Jones continued on, outlining the great form of his stable’s hopeful.
“Gerald has such a great record on him including winning this last year, but he has never ridden him in work and we are not planning to change that successful formula any time soon.”
“And after the amazing job Gerald did with him in the Melbourne Cup last month from such a difficult draw, I’m not even getting too worried about what gate he gets on Thursday.
“We want a proper gallop on Sunday, and I’m not sure where it is going to come from, but our main problem is The Fugue and we’ve got to give her 4lb. Without her we are the one to beat.”
12-1 chance at Bet365 and fifth in the Melbourne Cup last time out, Dandino had a light piece of work on course Monday and Paul Francis, travelling head for trainer Marco Botti also outlined The Fugue as the one to beat.
“He’s had a nice canter. I’m pleased with his coat considering how cold it was in Melbourne, and though he’s fit, he comes here fresher than last year having had less races. The Fugue is the one to beat” Francis said.
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