Gosden accepts Fugue dilemma

  • Last Updated: March 26 2014, 13:03 GMT

John Gosden admits it was a hard decision choosing which race to tackle on Dubai World Cup night with The Fugue.

The Fugue (r) will run in the Dubai Duty Free on Saturday
The Fugue (r) will run in the Dubai Duty Free on Saturday

The five-year-old mare had the option of either the mile-and-a-quarter Dubai World Cup on the Tapeta track or the nine-furlong Dubai Duty Free on the Meydan turf course.

Gosden and owner Lord Lloyd Webber opted for the turf event with their three-times Group One winner, but the Newmarket handler admits recent rain in Dubai could impact upon The Fugue's chance of glory.

Gosden said: "She has had two easy days since leaving England and I'm very happy with her. She will have two more days of steady work.

"It was always the plan to keep her in training as a five-year-old, and the biggest question here was which race to go for.

"My concern for the Dubai World Cup was that if the weather is hot, the all-weather surface can ride a little slow, so we decided to go for this race on turf, although if it continues raining, we may have made the wrong choice."

The Fugue won the 12-furlong Yorkshire Oaks and the mile-and-a-quarter Irish Champion Stakes last term before finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Turf and the Hong Kong Vase at the end of the year.

The Fugue will be in stall four for the big race, with Sir Michael Stoute's Dank drawn 10 of the 13 runners.Godolphin's duo of Tasaday and Hunter's Light break from stall eight and 13 respectively.David Simcock's Trade Storm (seven) and Ismail Mohammed's Cambridgeshire winner Educate (five) are the other British-trained contenders.