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Shareta pips Fugue to Yorkshire Oaks glory

ESPN staff
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Shareta and Christophe Lemaire (left) beat The Fugue and William Buick © PA Photos
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Shareta ran down favourite The Fugue inside the final furlong to take the Yorkshire Oaks on day two of the Ebor Festival.

The Fugue seemed on course for victory when hitting the front a furlong out, only to lose a little steam across the final strides, allowing Shareta to pounce under Christophe Lemaire.

The pace was little more than steady for much of the race, as rain lashed down on the course, but that built towards a dramatic finish in which The Fugue, the Nassau Stakes winner, was found wanting.

"We came because the filly was in marvellous condition, and it is a marvellous track," said victorious trainer Alain Royer-Dupre.

Rosdhu Queen triumphed in the Lowther Stakes, with Baileys Jubilee second and Royal Rascal third. Favourite Newfangled pulled up after a furlong and was taken back to the stables with a suspected displaced pelvis.

Trade Storm was the victor in the Don't Settle for Less Stakes, having allowed Navajo Chief to set much of the pace. Strictly Silver was second, and Indian Jack third.

The Yearling Stakes was taken by Hototo, who looked beaten a furlong out before prevailing in a tight finish, ahead of Well Acquainted in second and Body and Soul in third. Hototo's win gave trainer Kevin Ryan back-to-back victories in the race.

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