08/21/2012 12:10PM

England: Gosden tries to keep run going with The Fugue in Yorkshire Oaks

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Trainer John Gosden’s remarkable run with fillies this summer can continue on Thursday when The Fugue starts as the favorite in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks for fillies and mares at York Racecourse.

Gosden’s wins in Group 1 stakes for fillies and mares this year include the Coronation Stakes with Fallen For You at Royal Ascot in June; the Pretty Polly Stakes with Izzi Top in Ireland in July; and the Prix Rothschild at Deauville France in July with Elusive Kate.

The Fugue won the Group 1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood, England, on Aug. 4. The Nassau Stakes was run over 1 1/4 miles. The Yorkshire Oaks, the rare Oaks race open to older fillies and mares, is run over 1 1/2 miles.

The Fugue, who races for Andrew Lloyd Webber, will be ridden by William Buick, Gosden’s first-call rider.

The Yorkshire Oaks has drawn three 4-year-olds and four 3-year-olds.

The France-based Shareta, second in the 2011 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, makes her first trip to England for the Yorkshire Oaks. Trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, Shareta was second in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on June 24.

◗ In Tuesday’s Group 2 Prix de la Nonette at Deauville, Romantica won her first stakes at the expense of the previously unbeaten Ridasiyna, who finished fifth.

The 7-2 Romantica, trained by Andre Fabre for Khalid Abdullah, won the race over 1 1/4 miles by 1 1/2 lengths over Leaupartie. Ridasiyna, the 3-5 favorite, led in the final quarter-mile but faded to lose by two lengths.

Romantica, 3, is by Galileo out of Banks Hill, the Eclipse Award winner as the champion turf female of 2001.