Treve was billed as the star turn on day two of Royal Ascot 2014 only for another filly to take centre stage as The Fugue eclipsed the brilliant Arc heroine in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.
There was no doubting Treve’s popularity as she was sent off the 8/13 favourite, but the Criquette Head-Maarek-trained filly failed to fire and was beaten just under three lengths into third.
While Frankie Dettori tried in desperation to conjure a rally from his mount down the home stretch in the 2000-metre Group One, William Buick was travelling powerfully aboard The Fugue and she whizzed clear to collect by a length-and-three-quarters from Magician.
The Fugue, trained by John Gosden and owned by musical impresario Andrew Lloyd-Webber, was returning from a rare off day in the Dubai Duty Free in March and showed her true worth by shaving half a second off the track record.
Gosden, who also saddled Kingman to victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes on Tuesday, said: “It’s lovely to win the two big races. I actually walked down with the Princess Royal and said there’s something interesting about this race – it’s all about girl power with Treve and this filly.
“The trip toDubaiand training in the winter did not work, but The Fugue has come back. She was like a little bud – she went tight but now she has flowered and she looked great.
“Now we can go for theNassauat Glorious Goodwood and we could go for the Eclipse at Sandown next month which comes close, but she did not have the hardest of races today and William was under the strictest instructions, not that he needed to be told, that he could flick her – no more than that.”
Head-Maarek said that Treve would be stepped back up to 2400 metres after her second reverse of the season, but did not blame the quick ground conditions for the defeat.
She said: “Frankie didn’t think her action was right and she didn’t look right going to the start.
“He didn’t think the ground was a problem, but he did feel the longer distance would suit her better. Her action was not right, but I don’t know why. Maybe we will discover something when we get home.
“I had problem with her feet not long ago, but it seemed as though everything was fine again. We’ll have to see.”
Mukhadram finished runner-up last year and took fourth this time, with William Haggas’s five-year-old having recently received an invite to the Sportingbet Cox Plate on October 25th.
Haggas said: “It is nice to be considered for the race but we need to get home and reflect on this run before making a decision on future plans.”