@Euro Trash, does Sea The Stars have any offspring currently active that's more talented than this filly? I thought her performance in the Epsom Oaks was awfully good, but this performance was truly special, IMO. As long as it's not bottomless ground she has to be considered a very live shot in this year's Arc. Especially given how fillies & mares have ruled the roost of late in the Arc.
I'm not sure what races John Gosden will run Taghrooda in before October, but I'm quite sure the Arc will likely be her swan song since Sheikh Hamdan is retiring her at the end of the season. The King George is a "win and your in" race for the Breeders Cup Turf, and while John Gosden has shown the competitive spirit to run a filly in the BC Turf(Dar Re Mi, The Fugue), I'd very surprised if Sheikh Hamdan lets Taghrooda come stateside. It would be nice to see though.
What a filly!! I mean what a filly!! Vaulted right by Telescope & Mukhadram in the stretch like they were idling in neutral to win the King George!! First 3YO filly to win this race since Pawneese in 1976. This is a very special 3YO filly indeed.
After Sharestan got scratched I ended up backing Secret Gesture in the York Stakes. She's only finished out of the money one time in her career in last season's G1 Prix De l'Opera at Longchamp. She's 10-3-5-1 now for her career to date. Producer ended up running a decent race too in 4th.
Sheikhzayed out battles Secret Gesture and Windhoek in a driving 3-way finish to win the G2 Sky Bet York Stakes at York.
@Euro Trash, bummer though because Godolphin scratched him and left in Windhoek & Long John to run in the York Stakes. I would expect Windhoek to run well in that race, but I don't believe Long John will stay 10-1/2f if he took a taxi.
I just went back for the first time in quite sometime and took another look again at Frankel's devastating performance in the 2012 Queen Anne Stakes. I describe that race as being akin to watching a bunch of cars all with 4-cylinder motors trying to run down a 1968 Chevelle with a 454 big block.
Give me 8 or 10-1 on Sharestan in the G2 York Stakes over 10-1/2f and I'll take it all day, every day. His career record to date is 13-7-1-3, but what applies here is the only 2 out of money finishes of Sharestan's career have both been at 12f when 9th behind St Nicholas Abbey in the 2013 Dubai Sheema Classic and 5th behind Telescope last out in the Hardwicke Stakes. Between a mile and 10-1/2f Sharestan has never finished worse than 3rd, and I've always thought him to be a pretty classy horse going back to his earlier days in Ireland when he was still racing for the Aga Khan.
@jonquil, I'm a also a big fan of Producer. I'm confident he stays further than a mile, but not completely convinced he'll get 10-1/2f. I would be happy to be proven wrong by Producer on that theory though.
My super-fecta pick for the G2 Sky Bet York Stakes: 1st-Sharestan 2nd-Secret Gesture 3rd-Windhoek 4th-Danadana. I very much like the other Godolphin horse in the race, Windhoek, but my gut feeling is that Kieren Fallon has chosen wrong here and passed the winner off to Paul Mulrennan who rides Sharestan.
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