The Fugue lands Champion Stakes spoils
The Fugue struck a blow for the fillies with an emphatic victory in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.
John Gosden's charge shrugged off concerns about the ground when outpointing her rivals.
The six-strong field came down the centre of the track in the straight as William Buick made his challenge to the leader, Trading Leather.
Al Kazeem tried to haul back Lord Lloyd-Webber's four-year-old but to no avail as The Fugue (4-1) prevailed by a length and a quarter. Trading Leather, who made most of the running, was third.
There was disappointment as the Aidan O'Brien-trained Kingsbarns was eased off by Joseph O'Brien in his belated first race of the season.
O'Brien had withdrawn his other declared runner, Declaration Of War, because of the rain-softened going.