Six line up to take on Taghrooda
Taghrooda will face six rivals in Thursday’s Yorkshire Oaks as John Gosden’s brilliant filly looks to continue her unbeaten run in the Group 1 contest. The daughter of Sea The Stars has won all four starts to date including two devastating performances at the highest level when taking the Investec Oaks and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
Taghrooda returns to competing against her own sex at York having walloped the boys and older horses at Ascot and she will line up against some decent fillies including Tapestry, Venus De Milo and Tasaday. The lack of a front runner in the line up could turn the prestigious race, won last year by The Fugue, into a tactical affair but Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan, says that tactics won’t be an issue for the brilliant filly.
Gold said: “I don’t think that it will be tactics that get her beat – she could do it from the front if necessary.
“Taghrooda is in good form and everyone is very happy with her. As we have already seen, she has got a great temperament, she settles well and stays well and if it came down to it, Paul (Hanagan) could make the running himself.”
Taghrooda’s two main market rivals Tapestry (10/1) and Venus De Milo (12/1) are both trained by Aidan O’Brien, a two time winner of the race, and the trainer has said his pair are in fine form.
O’Brien said: “The plan is to run Venus De Milo and Tapestry in the Yorkshire Oaks. Both of them seem to be in good form since their last run.”
Tasaday, who won a Listed race at York on her British debut in July, is currently 14/1 alongside double Oaks 3rd Volume, with 2013 Oaks winner Talent (25/1) and Ribblesdale runner-up Lustrous (40/1) completing the field.
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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