Darley Yorkshire Oaks (British Champions Series) (Fillies’ Group 1) (Class 1) (3YO plus)
Winner £187,143 – 7 run
Talent: Would have been a major contender for this on her form last year when she won the Oaks in clear cut style and was then second in the Leger, but shown nothing close to the same form in three starts this season and a surprise if she gets seriously involved on that form; Wants it softer too.
Tasaday: Well amongst the best of these based on her French form but hard to tell if she’s kept all of it based on her Listed win here over 10 furlongs last time out here but the last time that she was tried at this level she was disappointing in UAE; Place chance if showing her best.
Venus De Milo: Couldn’t live with The Fugue in this last year following Irish Oaks second and off form twice afterwards; Back to something like best this season and run with credit twice over 10 furlongs, with a stop start pace not helping at Goodwood; Step back up should help and place chance again.
Lustrous: Looked like she could’ve found her niche when stepped upto 1m4f in the Ribblesdale but well held in the Irish Oaks and fifth at Goodwood, both times well behind rivals here, and hard to see her getting properly involved.
Taghrooda: Only the four starts but shaped with great potential since early days and underlined her credentials as outstanding 3yo filly with dominant Oaks success and then put herself into history books with King George romp at Ascot (first win for 3yo filly since 1976); Both those performances look to be a level above what others have to offer here and should take this easily.
Tapestry: One of top 2yo fillies last season but looked as if she hadn’t trained on in 1,000 Guineas and Coronation but step up in trip did the trick when fast closing second in Irish Oaks, only a head infront of Volume but having come from good way back with sadly having slipped; Could be best of the rest but unlikely she’ll match Taghrooda.
Volume: Improved out of sight for stepping up in trip, landing Listed event at Newbury and following it up with front running thirds in Oaks at Epsom and the Curragh but no match for Taghrooda at Epsom and had the advantage of better positioning (and no sadly slipping) over Tapestry; Another with a place chance.
VERDICT: All about TAGHROODA, who put up one of the most impressive performances of the season when trashing her King George rivals and holds the whip hand over her three year old rivals already. She should take this by a considerable margin – that’s if Paul Hanaghan wants to of course – ahead of an Arc tilt Tapestry, Volume, and Venus De Milo are all closely matched but none makes great appeal for the runner up spot.