Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Tapestry floors Taghrooda at York

Tapestry (left) gets the better of Taghrooda at York

Taghrooda's unbeaten record was brought to an abrupt end as Tapestry claimed a shock victory in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

Having run out a brilliant winner of the Investec Oaks at Epsom before beating the boys in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, Taghrooda was all the rage to complete a Group One hat-trick as the 1-5 favourite.

Paul Hanagan was able to take his time as Volume set a strong pace and all appeared to be going well as Taghrooda loomed ominously towards the front early in the home straight. However, Ryan Moore had her in his sights aboard Aidan O'Brien's Irish Oaks runner-up Tapestry and threw down a strong challenge to the market-leader passing the furlong-marker. The two settled down to fight it out and it was 8-1 shot Tapestry who won the duel by half a length.

Godolphin's Tasaday was a long way back in third.

O'Brien said: "I'm delighted. It's all about the team at home really. They do a great job.

"She's come forward with every run and the last day in the (Irish) Oaks she stumbled coming out of the stalls and the saddle went out on her rump. It was hard to believe she went the whole race with the saddle where it was and still just got beaten.

"She's a Galileo filly and is just getting better. Ryan gave her a great ride."

Future plans are up for discussion, but O'Brien said: "It wouldn't matter where it was, colts or fillies, it's the ground that is important to her. You wouldn't want to run her in soft ground."

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. We had nothing to lose. So it (tracking Taghrooda) seemed the best play we had.

"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."

Hanagan said of Taghrooda: "I don't think there were many excuses, she was just beaten by a very good horse. We went a nice enough gallop, I got there and I thought it would take a very good one to beat me and I think one did. No excuses."

Her trainer John Gosden said: "No excuses, she's just been outstayed on the Knavesmire, which has happened to horses before. She was nice and relaxed through the race, he (Hanagan) gave her a lovely ride and it was a great race.

"The winner is just one of those fillies that has come to herself at this time of year. There was a lot of confidence behind her in the Irish Oaks and she had a problem with her tack, I believe. They've beaten the rest an awful long way, and she has just been outstayed. She's been in great form at home and barely had a race in the King George so there'll be no change to the plan, it will still be the Arc.

"They've always liked the winner, she has always been towards the top of their pecking order."

Saeed bin Suroor said of third home Tasaday: "She ran a good race, and the softer the ground the better. She has a lot of options open to her over a mile and a half, both here and abroad."

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