Darley Yorkshire Oaks
Group 1, York 15:40
£330,000 added,
3yo plus,
1m 4f, Class 1
Thursday 21st August 2014

1 Tapestry 8-1
2 Taghrooda 1-5F
3 Volume 22-1
7 ran Distances: ½l, 7l, 2½l
TIME 2m 28.59s (slow by 0.49s)

Paul Hanagan was going easy enough but Taghrooda never had the race sewn up at any stage as Tapestry lands the Yorkshire Oaks at 8/1.

Paul Hanagan on Taghrooda: "There's no excuses, she got beat by a very good horse."

Tapestry has been assigned a provisional updated RPR of 121

Tapestry
© Caroline Norris
Tapestry

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.

Hanagan said: "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."

Taghrooda
© Racehorse Photos
Taghrooda

Taghrooda can still head for Longchamp in October, and 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."

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Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Fillies' Group 1)
(British Champions Series)
£330,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 4f, Class 1
7 ran
Going: Good

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