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Sunday, 27 July 2014 09:29

Taghrooda wins the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes

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The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes was won by in impressive fashion by Taghrooda, priced at 7/2, owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Al Maktoum, trained by John Gosden and ridden by jockey Paul Hanagan.

The three year old filly, came into the race brimming with confidence on the back of winning four races. Taghrooda showed her class, as she was three lengths ahead of the favourite Telescope at the end, with Mukhadram running in third.

It would have a proud moment for Sheikh Hamdan bin Al Maktoum and John Gosden, as not only an emphatic win, but Taghrooda is the first filly in more than 30 years to win the race. The horse is also only the second filly to have won The Oaks and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes in the same year, the last time this happened was way back in 1976 with Pawneese.

The actual race was exciting to watch, as Leitir Mor, made all the running for the rest of the seven horses. The outsider was then easily overtaken on the home straight, by Telescope and Mukhadram. But none of these horses ever had a chance as Taghrooda accelerated past them with such ease and elegance to win by three lengths.

The win as definitely one which the owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Al Maktoum had planned, as he deliberately left out Taghroogda from the Irish Oaks to ensure the horse would be at her best.

There is no doubt that it will be a win that trainer John Gosden will always treasure, as he admitted that it was indeed ‘a special performance’ and one that made horse racing history.