The Fugue Introduction


An impressive racehorse in its own right, The Fugue became a mild national treasure for some when it won various awards and races across a short career. While injury at the Eclipse Stakes brought to the end a strong and promising career, The Fugue successfully managed to win a whopping six of its seventeen races, with four of them coming at Group One level.


With her rich brown with a white star and stripe design, this was a horse that stood out a mile away. The fact it was associated with Andrew Lloyd Webber’ Watership Down Stud also helped to draw attention to the horse before it had even taken to the course.


Career Summary


With her only race as a two year old being won with ease, The Fugue had a fleeting run at the top of the table, winning the Musidora Stakes and then the Nassau Stakes in quick succession. In 2013, she won the Irish Champion Stakes alongside the Yorkshire Oaks, also getting success in the Breeders’ Cup at the second time of asking, coming second this time.


At five, she was a victor at the Prince of Wales’ Stakes, before seeing her career cut short after the aforementioned injury when preparing for the Eclipse Stakes. The injury to its left foreleg left it unable to race, and it retired within a week of the injury.


Coming home as a stud, there’s not a huge deal of information about how this has gone so far. It’s good, though, to see that it managed to stay the pace and find a successful second career after racing.


Achievements & Highlights



Wins – Musidora Stakes (2012), Nassau Stakes (2012), Yorkshire Oaks (2013), Irish Champion Stakes (2013), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2014)


Associations – Watership Down Stud, Andrew Lloyd Webber.


Earnings – £1.9m+




Cheltenham Racecourse Cheltenham racecourse has established itself as one of the venues across the globe where you will find the finest Jump racing. The racecourse is located just next to Cheltenham at Prestbury Park.

Apart from the exciting horse racing that takes place in this venue, it also attracts visitors thanks to its location. Visitors will enjoy the scenic view of the Cotswold Hills and the lush greenery all around.


The most famous race meeting held here is the Cheltenham Festival, which as the name suggests fills the whole of
Cheltenham with delectation. The Cheltenham festival includes competitive races like Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Chase and Stayer’s Hurdle. Watch a race or two and see how seriously Jump racing is taken in these parts, afterwards you can head on over to the Steeplechasing Hall of Fame to see for yourself all the awe inspiring achievements from Jockeys and champion horses through the years.

The racecourse is meant to give spectators some memorable times merely by the setting. The Centaur, where the fans sit to watch all the racing action, is an amphitheater large enough to hold 2,000 people sitting. During concerts, the Centaur can hold double this number of people standing.

You have not enjoyed horse racing in Cheltenham until you attend The Festival. It is one of the most exciting times
to be in Cheltenham with a festival that offers blistering fun and spectacular horse racing. The March madness of the Cheltenham festival is then followed by three other race meetings held in April, November and December.

Aside from being among the favourite venues for horse racing in Britain, Cheltenham racecourse also offers a lot of family fun especially when it’s time for the Wychwood Music Festival. It also provides a picturesque venue during graduation days and the summer ball for the University of Gloucestershire.