|Thursday 24th July 2014|
Taghrooda Could Be the Value in the Arc Market Ahead of King George
Treve produced a performance from the Gods last season as the Criquette Head-Maarek trained wonder filly propelled clear of her rivals to storm to glory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the French starlet will look to become the first horse since Alleged in 1978 to retain the European Flat showpiece at Longchamp, but she will need to show she still oozes class having flopped at Royal Ascot earlier in the season.
Heavily fancied for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, the four-year-old failed to quicken with The Fugue, who went on to land the Group One prize, and punters were left with wounded wallets as she could only finish down the field, however, her dominance in last year’s Arc has forced the bookmakers to maintain her price in the higher echelons of the ante-post betting and she is a best-priced 6/1 shot with Ladbrokes to rule supreme on October 5.
Aidan O’Brien may have dominated the UK & Irish Classic arena for several years, but the master of Ballydoyle has only tasted success once in this sensational showpiece, when he saddled Dylan Thomas to victory in 2007, but the master handler could unleash one of his best shots at landing the prize with emphatic Investec Derby winner Australia a potential runner in the 1m 4f contest.
Habitually coy about the potential of his top horses, O’Brien has been unequivocally complimentary and bullish about the heights Australia could reach as a racehorse and he showed his class when pulling clear of Kingston Hill at Epsom and is looking to become the 10th horse in 12 renewals to win the race as a three-year-old and he heads the betting at 5/1 with Betfred.
Sea The Moon will be another flying the flag for the Classic generation and the unbeaten Markus Klug-trained raider will look to emulate his sire Sea The Stars, who bounded to victory in 2009, and the impressive German Derby winner will look to sparkle in the autumn and is a 6/1 shot in the latest betting with Coral.
Japanese superstar Just A Way was a fine winner of the Dubai Duty Free at Meydan earlier in the season and has continued to rack up Group One victories with aplomb and is available at 10/1 with various firms, whilst Harp Star (12/1) is another who could make the trip to Europe from Japan and whilst she lost her unbeaten record in the Japanese Oaks, she still oozes class and will be one of the primary challengers from across the other side of the globe.
Taghrooda could well be the star filly from the UK making the trip over to France and John Gosden’s imperious Investec Oaks winner will put her credentials on the line when taking on the older horses in Saturday’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot (for which she is a best price 11/4 chance), and a win in that will see her current price of 14/1 plummet, and given the past three renewals have been won by female horses, two of which were three-year-olds, it isn’t unconceivable….
She will lock horns with Sir Michael Stoute’s Telescope in that Berkshire Group One and if he can use his win in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot as a springboard to success in the King George then he will shorten considerably from the current 16/1, whilst Eagle Top (16/1) is another full of potential and could strengthen the Gosden challenge in what will be an epic showpiece in France.