The Fugue cut for the Arc
The Fugue bounced back to her brilliant best at York on Thursday and has been slashed for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
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Sent off 2/1 favourite for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks, John Gosden's filly travelled beautifully throughout the race before striding clear when asked for her effort by William Buick.
Even a winning margin of four lengths failed to fully underline her superiority and Ladbrokes evidently consider her a serious Arc player at 10/1.
David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "Providing it doesn't sluice it down in Paris, The Fugue could well be a major player on Arc day."
Gosden suggested a trip to Longchamp is very much a possibility, especially granted decent ground, and if she were to line up then William Hill's standout 20/1 may look a big price.
Despite a morning gamble on eventual runner-up Venice de Milo, The Fugue was the one punters wanted prior to the off and victory for her was bad news for Stan James, as Rory Jiwani confirmed: "That was a resounding victory for John Gosden's filly who proved her Group One credentials beyond doubt. When she kicked for home, there was only one winner.
"We'd been having a pretty good day of it before then but The Fugue wiped out most of our gains with one punter having £20,000 on her at 5/2."
William Hill installed The Fugue as their 2/1 favourite for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, while Coral cut her to 12/1 for the QIPCO Champion Stakes.
The day's other Group race went the way of Lucky Kristale, who proved her previous Newmarket victory to be no fluke when outclassing her rivals in the Lowther Stakes despite a 3lb penalty.
George Margarson's filly will return to Newmarket for the Cheveley Park Stakes next and a race which will shed further light on her 1000 Guineas credentials, but for now she's a general 16/1 chance having been cut from 33s.
Both big-race winners were tipped by our expert Simon Holt, who helped make it a day for the punters with an 11-point profit from just two selections.
"The bookies had the better of day one but the punters hit back on Ladies' Day," confirmed Jiwani.