Taghrooda to skip Oaks for King George VI test
Epsom Oaks winner Taghrooda will skip this weekend’s Irish Oaks at the Curragh in favour of a tilt at the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on July 26th. The Hamdan Al Maktoum owned daughter of Sea The Stars, unbeaten in three starts to date, had been on course to attempt the Classic double after her breathtaking win at Epsom but connections have decided to send their charge to Ascot instead where she will come up against the opposite sex and the older horses for the first time.
John Gosden’s charge had been an odds on shot to record an Oaks double on Saturday but Al Maktoum will now rely on Dermot Weld’s Tarfasha to take the spoils at the Curragh. Tarfasha, of course, was runner up to Taghrooda at Epsom and is likely to be installed as the new favourite for the Irish showpiece, where she will do battle with the likes of Epsom 3rd and 6th Volume and Marvellous.
Sheikh Hamdan’s racing manager Angus Gold told Press Association Sport: “Sheikh Hamdan has now decided that he would like to run Taghrooda in the King George at Ascot and therefore she will not be declared for the Irish Oaks.
“Tarfasha will be declared for the Irish Oaks.
“Taghrooda will be retired to stud at the end of this year and Sheikh Hamdan thought he would like to take his chance in the big one, she’s in good form and she gets plenty of weight from the older horses.
“It was tempting to go to Ireland and try to win another Oaks, but we have a filly there and it’s possibly not the strongest King George ever and Sheikh Hamdan was keen to give her a chance there.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: PA Archive
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