Arc is still the target for Taghrooda

Taghrooda is on track for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe despite suffering a shock reverse at York last week.

Arc is still the target for Taghrooda

John Gosden’s charge was a hot favourite for the Yorkshire Oaks after bagging both the Oaks at Epsom and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on her previous two starts,.

However, she had to settle for second behind Tapestry with Gosden thinking his star filly was not totally at home on the quick ground.

He told At The Races: “I’ll be quite honest, our filly didn’t quite let herself go on the ground but I was not going to stand making excuses afterwards. I don’t believe in that, I don’t like anyone who whinges, but the ground was quick underneath and she was just holding back on it.

“It was the same for everyone and that’s why you don’t whinge, you just get on with it.

“She’s in great order and we’re pointing towards the Arc.

“I take nothing from the filly that won – she’s very talented, beautifully bred and people forget she was favourite for the Guineas. She got lost early in the year and I think they changed the programme, put some condition on her and she came there with a lot of confidence behind her.

“I think they are two exceptional fillies and she liked fast ground more than we did. It was that ground where the grass was short with a little give on top and boom, very firm underneath. It wasn’t her favourite but you go there to race, not to moan about the ground.”

- Sam Twiston-Davies has renewed his role as ambassador for the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival. The jockey took the position ahead of the 2014 meeting and will continue his duties, which include featuring in advertising campaigns and writing a blog for the Aintree website, for next year’s fixture.

He said: “I am honoured to continue my role as an ambassador for the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival.

“The 2014 campaign was very successful and enjoyable, so I’m keen to do what I can to help one of the greatest horse race Festivals in the world.

“It’s a privilege that I have been offered to extend this position and, again, I look forward to working with the team."

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