With just 6 races to its name and 4 wins, the name of Taghrooda is still one that not everybody will be sure of. However, it’s a horse that has shot to fame as she won the Oaks Stakes and then won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. With second place and third finishes at events such as the Yorkshire Oaks and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Taghrooda was a one-hit wonder that had a single season in the racing circuit, lifting three major honours in that period of time.
A bay frilly raised in the Shadwell Stud, Taghrooda is a horse that was a foal from the Sea The Stars racehorse. Her first race came at two years old, when it was a 20/1 outsider but went on to win in a surprising race where she took the finish from Casual Smile – the favourite with the experts – and gaining a lot of attention as a result.
As a three-year-old, she raced her only season. Ridden by Paul Hanagan, becoming a quick favourite for the Epsom Oaks having impressed in early races in the season. It won the Epsom Downs race in the same year, having comfortable won it in the end – just as Hanagan had planned.
Missing out on the Irish Oaks, it went straight to the big-hitting King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. There, she took her chance and won the major race, retiring at the end of the season with second and third place finishes. It was a shame to see her leave so early, but trainers expected that she perhaps lacked the capacity to go any further and had run her course.
Achievements & Highlights
Wins – Pretty Polly Stakes (2014), Oaks Stakes (2014), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2014)
Associations – Shadwell Stud, Hamdan al Maktoum, John Gosden.
Earnings – £1.475m.
Oh certainly not long now!
Kempton Park is among the busiest horse racing venues across Europe, and has hosted some enlivening race meetings over the years. The racecourse is also an entertainment venue that offers conferencing facilities. Kempton Park is often used for small to medium scale
events whenever there is no racing going on. With an all-weather track , the racecourse can host races all through the year no matter the weather. Jump racing starts in October and goes on to the month of April, and flat racing is held every afternoon and evening on the all-weather track all year round.
The racecourse is located at Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, England. It was opened in 1878, and has been hosting
flat racing and National Hunt racing since then. The most anticipated race meeting is the Grade 1 King George VI Chase which comes on Boxing Day. The Grade 1 King George VI Chase is part of the William Hill Winter Festival. Other notable races that take place here include the Feltham Novices’ Chase which is also a grade1 race that happens on Boxing Day. Horse racing continues on the following day with the Desert Orchid Chase which is a grade 2 race. The other notable race at Kempton Park the BetBright Stakes takes place in the last week of February. The Sirenia Stakes comes in early September as another highly anticipated race day. Kempton Park hosts other races including the Hyde Stakes, Sunbury Stakes, Masaka Stakes, London Mile, Wild Flower Stakes and the Dragon Fly Stakes among others.
Kempton Park has two racecourses which accommodate all the activity throughout the year. The all-weather course, which was opened in March 2006, is a polytrack synthetic course that comes complete with flood lights. The National Hunt course is a triangular circuit with a tun-in 220 yards long.
As an entertainment venue, Kempton Park has always maintained the highest standards of hospitality, which comes with a lot of family fun. Market days also draw people in as locals get to buy all the fresh produce they can as well as forage for antiques during the Sunbury Antiques Markets, a bi-monthly market where you will find collector’s items, silver, Victorian jewellery plus many other antiques.