The Fugue could run in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes
Last Updated: 02/09/13 3:31pm
The Fugue: Could run in the Irish Champion Stakes
Ground conditions at Leopardstown could lead to Yorkshire Oaks heroine The Fugue taking her chance in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday.
John Gosden's filly clinched her second Group One prize with a mesmerising display on the Knavesmire last month, after which the Clarehaven handler mentioned the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and a return trip to the Breeders' Cup as possible options.
At that stage, a trip to Ireland was not discussed, but with the prospect of her favoured fast ground looking likely she has been confirmed for what would be a fascinating clash with the colts.
Simon Marsh, racing and bloodstock manager for The Fugue's owners Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber, said: "John (Gosden) is not here at the moment, but we will talk about things in the next couple of days.
"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."
While the drying weather could persuade connections of The Fugue to give an Irish mission the green light, it looks likely to scupper the participation of both Al Kazeem and Cirrus Des Aigles and the latest going report will not make good reading for either camp.
Conditions are currently described as firm, good to firm in places, with watering due to commence.
The Foxrock venue is forecast a largely dry week, with a slight chance of showers closer to the big day.
Aidan O'Brien, who has saddled a record seven previous Irish Champion Stakes winners, has Camelot, Declaration Of War, Triumphant, Kingsbarns, Magician and Ruler Of The World still in the mix this year.
Jim Bolger has confirmed Parish Hall and King George and Juddmonte International runner-up Trading Leather. Bolger said: "The plan is to run Trading Leather in the Irish Champion Stakes. He arrived home from York in good shape and he has been fresh and well since."
Dermot Weld will delay a decision about the participation of his filly, Princess Highway, until later this week. He said: "She is a very talented filly and I don't think that we've seen the best of her so far this season. She has been left in the Champion Stakes and we will give it full thought, but she is a very possible runner."
The field is completed by John Murphy's outsider Euphrasia.