AN apperance on Champions Day at Ascot appears the only remaining option for Taghrooda following her fantastic effort in defeat in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
John Gosden’s Epsom Oaks and King George winner lost her unbeaten record and some of her aura when suffering a shock reverse in the Yorkshire Oaks, but she restored her reputation in Paris.
Despite having been handed a wide draw, Paul Hanagan’s mount stuck to her task admirably in the straight to finish third behind Treve.
With owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum having already booked Taghrooda a place among his band of broodmares for the next breeding season, the only decision left to make is whether to give her one last hurrah in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes on Saturday week.
The owner’s racing manager, Angus Gold, said: “I think everyone was thrilled with her.
“She ran a fantastic race.
“I haven’t had time to properly watch the race again, but my personal opinion was that if she’d been drawn a bit kinder, she might have been second, but that is just details.
“I thought it was a very good Arc.
“The winner got a dream run up the rail, while the rest of the field were pushed wide.
“I am just delighted Taghrooda showed herself at the very highest level again after what happened at York.”
Bryan Smart is adamant Moviesta is capable of winning a Group One after his luckless run in the Prix de l’Abbaye in France in Sunday.
The four-year-old finished third behind Move In Time, formerly trained by Smart, but was denied a run at a crucial stage when still apparently travelling strongly.
Having been beaten only by a length in York’s Nunthorpe earlier in the season, Smart feels he will come into his own next year.
“He looked unlucky and I’ve never seen a horse hard on the bridle at that stage in that race like he was, but that’s how good he is,” said the Hambleton handler.
“I don’t want to say he was the best horse in the race because I used to train the winner and I’m pleased for Reg Bond (part-owner).
“Moviesta is a very good horse over five furlongs and just needs them to go very fast. He might go out to Dubai but he’s only four, he’s still got some maturing to do.
“It was frustrating watching it, but you can’t barge your way out in France, there’s no way you’d keep the race. He’ll win a Group One, that’s a bold statement but I’m sure of it.”
Footballer Michael Owen’s Irish St Leger hero Brown Panther, a two time Pontefract winner, is set to run in the 77th Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine on October 19.