Taghrooda stitched up by Tapestry
Tapestry obviously didn’t read today’s script. Aidan O’Brien’s filly was a shock winner of the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks, supplying the brilliant Taghrooda with her first taste of defeat in the process. Taghrooda had gone into today’s contest with an undefeated record of four wins from four starts, two of which were at the highest level in the Investec Oaks and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
John Gosden’s charge was again expected to continue that unbeaten record at York and was sent off the well backed 1/5 favourite for the 1m 4f contest. Tapestry on the other hand was sent off a general 8/1 shot having failed to win this season but she had shown some strong staying credentials when upped to this trip in the Irish Oaks last time and she was made to call on all of her stamina reserves in what was a battling finish.
Tapestry did have a not so secret weapon in her favour however, that being in the form of the seemingly unbeatable Ryan Moore, who seems to be getting better with every year that passes. Moore continues to ride better than anyone in the weigh-room and that was evident again here, as he had to use all of his tactical nous as well as his finishing strength to see off his colleague Paul Hanagan and Taghrooda.
The pair had been happy to settle in rear early, behind what was a decent pace being set by the Richard Hughes ridden Volume. Hanagan and Taghrooda eventually started to make a move after the field had turned for home, coming wide and apparently full of running as the leaders began to falter.
It looked like it was all over bar the shouting as Taghrooda hit the front entering the final two furlongs but Moore was starting to get a tune out of Tapestry and having eventually joined her more fancied rival, showed a willing attitude to get up to score by just 1/2 length. The pair were well clear of the third placed Tasaday.
Moore said: “She looked one of the best two-year-olds last year and it has just taken a while for her to come to hand, but she ran a very good race the last day and has improved again today.
“She had to battle. The other filly had plenty of time to come back if she was good enough. They are two very good fillies – they were seven lengths clear and I think that says it all really.”
A delighted Aidan O’Brien added: “Things didn’t go her way in the 1000 Guineas but ever since then she’s stepped up and stepped up as the season has gone on.
“She was unlucky in the Irish Oaks. If you watch the replay of the race, you’ll know what I mean. Look where the saddle ended up and she had to race like that for the whole of the race. I don’t know how the saddle stayed on.
“Ryan has given her a peach today. She had Group One class over seven furlongs as a two-year-old, but she’s a big filly and she’s really been coming forwards with every run this season. She stays a mile and a half but I think she probably wants fast ground and we were lucky that the rain didn’t come any more than it did.
“We’ll look at France, we’ll look at America, but fast ground is going to be important for her. The world is open to her now.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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