Horse racing: The Fugue can take the crown

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The Fugue can beat the boys in a fascinating renewal of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

John Gosden’s filly is having her first run of the campaign, which makes things even tougher for her, but if she can reproduce the burst of acceleration she showed in winning the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last season she has every chance.

After her impressive Goodwood win she was worn down over a mile and a half in soft ground at York by Shareta, who subsequently won the Prix Vermeille, and then suffered trouble in running at the Breeders’ Cup.

The only time she appeared to run below form was when beaten six lengths by Princess Highway in the Ribblesdale at this meeting last year but having already run in the Guineas, Musidora and the Oaks, she can be forgiven that.

Duntle can win for the second year in succession at the meeting, this time in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.

Successful in the Sandringham Handicap 12 months ago, her only defeat since then came when she was harshly disqualified from first place in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

There is in fact a silver lining for the David Wachman-trained filly as because of that she escapes a Group One penalty in the race formerly known as the Windsor Forest.

That Matron result did show one thing - that Duntle was capable of mixing it at the highest level and she will need to be as despite this only being a Group Two, it looks very strong on paper.

Dank and the supplemented Chigun were separated by a cigarette paper in the Dahlia Stakes and the third, Thistle Bird, franked the form at Epsom.

Chigun looked to have improved enormously on her next start in Ireland and would be a fairytale success for Lady Cecil.

Wachman can double up with Hint Of A Tint in the Sandringham.

Due to Duntle’s exploits last year the Irishman will know exactly what is required.