Horse Racing: The Fugue out of Arc

The Fugue horse out in arc

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The Fugue has been withdrawn from the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe following heavy overnight rain at Longchamp.

Eight millimetres of rain is reported to have fallen on the track, meaning conditions were officially changed to ‘soft’.

Trainer John Gosden had previously stated that The Fugue would be pulled out of the race if the ground was soft and connections have stayed true to their word.

Gosden and The Fugue’s owners now have to decide where to go next and the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita next month is an option.

“There was quite a lot of rain overnight, it’s very annoying but the ground is now soft,” Lloyd-Webber’s racing manager Simon Marsh said.

“It’s not going to get much better than that and we’ve taken her out. They had eight millimetres so that’s bound to have an effect.

“It is a very good race this year and you’d need everything in your favour. We know that on a fast surface she is extremely good.

“We’ll look at the Champion Stakes now and see what the weather does but there’s every chance it will be straight to America.

“We’ll look at both the Filly & Mare’ and the Turf races and decide nearer the time.”

A field of 18 will now go to post with ante-post favourite Orfevre drawn in stall eight, while British raider Al Kazeem is the widest of all after being drawn in 18.

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