Taghrooda took command with two furlongs left and pulled away to an emphatic 3 3/4-length victory in the Investec Oaks – In Memory of Sir Henry Cecil (Eng-I) at Epsom June 6.
The 3-year-old filly, who is from the first crop of champion Sea The Stars, led home a one-two sweep for owner Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, as Tarfasha just got up to nab second over Volume. Taghrooda provided trainer John Gosden and jockey Paul Hanagan with their first wins in the British classic.
A field of 17 fillies went to the post in the Investec Oaks, with Irish 1000 Guineas (Ire-I) winner Marvellous sent off as the favorite. Soon after the start it was the filly Volume, under Richard Hughes, that went to the lead. Both Taghrooda and Marvellous traveled in midfield early, content to let Volume set the pace.
As the field entered the long home straight, Volume continued to cling to her lead, but the rest of the field was gaining with every stride. Two furlongs from home, Taghrooda took command, drawing off through the final stages to win easily.
It was a three-way scramble for second, with Tarfasha, trained by Dermot Weld, just edging Volume for the place. It was another neck back to Inchila in fourth.
Final time for the 12-furlong contest was 2:34.89 over a course rated as 'good'.
Taghrooda was bred in England by Shadwell Estate Company, and is out of Ezima, a stakes-winning daughter of Sadler's Wells.
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