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.