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Pretty Polly option for Fugue

Connections of The Fugue are eyeing up the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh at the end of the month as an option in case the multiple Group One-winning mare skips the Prince Of Wales's Stakes next week .

John Gosden's ace finished third in the 10-furlong Royal Ascot contest 12 months ago before going on to land the Yorkshire Oaks and the Irish Champion Stakes.

She was narrowly beaten at the Breeders' Cup and in the Hong Kong Vase at the end of the year, but ran the most disappointing race of her career on her five-year-old debut in the Dubai Duty Free at Meydan at the end of March.

Simon Marsh, racing manager for owners Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber, said: "No decisions have been made yet and I think we're going to wait and see how she works tomorrow and on Saturday.

"We've also got our eye on the Pretty Polly Stakes in Ireland (June 29), but we'll see how she is in the next week and decide whether she should run at Ascot.

"It will be down to John, but I would imagine she will be left in the Ascot race at the five-day stage.

"She's incredibly well, John couldn't be happier with her and we're just putting a line through the run in Dubai. I think we probably ran her in the wrong race.

"She wouldn't have run up to now (in Britain) anyway because of the ground. She likes top of the ground and hopefully we've got some nice weather on the way."


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