It is rare a talented filly from the barn of trainer John Gosden sneaks up on anyone, but The Fugue did just that when she broke through to take the Nassau Stakes (Eng-G1) at Goodwood in early August. A daughter of top sire Dansili, The Fugue had made a big run to finish third in the Epsom Oaks (Eng-G1) two starts earlier in June, but that result left Gosden fuming as the filly got knocked back to the rear of the field in the early going and struggled to find clear running. It was regular rider William Buick who was left stewing in the wake of The Fugue’s Nassau triumph, however, considering he gave up the mount on her to Richard Hughes in order to ride fellow Gosden-trainee Izzi Top in the race. Bred and campaigned by Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber, The Fugue followed that breakout triumph with a near-miss disappointment, finishing second by a neck in the Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-G1) in her most recent start. Still, that effort was enough to convince Gosden to move forward with plans for a start in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1).