It is over a year and four races since The Fugue last tasted victory, but she is worth one more chance from a punting perspective at what looks a fair price of 2/1 to win the Yorkshire Oaks.
Had The Fugue not run so badly last time when last of seven in the Eclipse, she would almost certainly be a shorter price here, but it was discovered that she had scoped badly.
From a ratings perspective, The Fugue has a 5lb edge on the field and she has previous in this race from last year, when second to Shareta.
She was a beaten favourite on that occasion and some punters may feel she is worth opposing again, especially as 1m2f may be her ideal trip, rather than this slightly more stamina sapping 1m4f, which is a distance over which she has never won.
Venus De Milo may be the young pretender that is most open to improvement, having still only raced four times in her career.
Three of these have ended in victory, with the one exception coming when second in the Irish Oaks, where she was certainly not suited by the slow early pace.
Venus De Milo is 9/4 to win the Yorkshire Oaks, is receiving 10lb from the favourite as a weight-for-age allowance and comes from the power stable of Aidan O’Brien.
Wild Coco may have been a factor but has been withdrawn because the ground is too quick and this is something that may also diminish the chances of Secret Gesture (9/1).
Riposte (11/2) was fairly poor in the Irish Oaks and will need to quickly get over this and so each-way fans may be best siding with Emirates Queen at 10/1, who has looked somewhat rejuvenated over this trip this season.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing
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