TAGHROODA will go for an Oaks double at York Racecourse today.
The unbeaten John Gosden-trained filly, ridden by former Malton jockey Paul Hanagan, will line up in the £330,000 Darley Yorkshire Oaks.
After scalping Telescope and Coral Eclipse winner Mukhadram on her last start - the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot - the Epsom Oaks winner, in June, comes to Knavesmire in the best possible form.
And Gosden says the York mile and a half showdown for fillies and mares has always been top of the agenda.
"She took the King George very well. The Yorkshire Oaks was always the plan for her," he confirmed. "After her win in the Oaks it was a race we had in our mind. There was a slight change of plan in the middle when we changed from Ireland to Ascot but she has handled it all very well.”
“In terms of herself I am very happy with her. It should be good racing ground and we are looking forward to it.”
Taghrooda’s imperious display at Ascot was the first time a filly had triumphed in the Ascot summer showpiece since 1976 and even her trainer was surprised by the style in which she landed the prize.
Gosden added: “I was surprised that she came to those good older horses under a hand ride. To come to horses that had just won a Hardwicke and an Eclipse in the manner that she did was what surprised me. I knew she was a nice filly but that was impressive.
“And also the way she took the race in her stride. Many horses after running a race like that are quiet for a few days, but not her – she ate up and was soon trying to get rid of her rider.”