Trainer John Gosden’s filly Taghrooda looks set to triumph in an open L’Arc De Triomphe this afternoon

John Gosden’s Taghrooda is one of the most exciting middle distance fillies in years and would have remained unbeaten if was not for being in season on her last start at York. Imperious in both the Oaks and King George earlier this summer, the Gosden three-year-old has all the hallmarks of a real L’Arc De Triomphe contender. Last year Treve had not a disimilar profile and took advantage of the fillies weight allowance to blow away a field of quality male rivals. Out of the form she  showed twelve months ago Treve will now be succeeded by the Oaks winner.

In what is an open race Taghrooda has the most to fear from the three Japanese challengers; Harp StarGold Ship and Just A Way. Trainer Sugai does not share the fears of many pundits in thinking that the world’s top rated horse (Just A Way) will not stay the distance. On the contrary he feels that the race and conditions will be perfect for his horse and that his second string Gold Ship has a strong chance too. Harp Star has attracted a lot of attention from the punters but might be just short of this grade.

A few weeks ago Ectot, the now likely favourite, was as high as 50/1 in some places. His recent win has seen his price tumble alongside the buoyant confidence of his connections. However, in terms of value the St Leger winner Kingston Hill has been overlooked with quotes of around 25/1. Much is made of the draw in L’Arc but don’t be surprised if Varian’s horse can overcome the wide posting.

The supporting card for L’Arc De Triomphe is packed full of quality as you would expect. Full MastShamkala and Night Of Light come to the meeting with big reputations and look likely to deliver on them.

Crockford’s L’Arc De Triomphe Day Gambles:

L’Abbaye (1.00) – Catcall e/w

Marcel Boussac (1.35) – Night Of Light

Grand Criterium (2.10) – Full Mast

L’Opera (2.45) – Shamkala e/w

L’Arc De Triomphe (3.30) – Taghrooda e/w

La Floret (4.50) – Karakontie

Cadran (5.20) – Pale Mimosa


(Featured photograph – John Gosden at Glorious Goodwood by Stuart Rice) 

John Gosden