Taghrooda suffers shock defeat as Tapestry triumphs in Darley Yorkshire Oaks at Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival

Former Malton jockey Paul Hanagan had to settle for second on Taghrooda

Former Malton jockey Paul Hanagan had to settle for second on Taghrooda

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SUPER filly Taghrooda was turned over as Tapestry (8-1) sprang a huge shock to triumph in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained three-year-old wore down her top class rival inside the final furlong to win by half a length and defeat the hugely fancied 1-5 on shot.

Taghrooda became the first horse this century, sent off at 1-3 or shorter, to be defeated in a British Group 1. The previous 12 all won.

But her trainer John Gosden said there were no excuses as Ryan Moore, on board Tapestry, rode a brilliant race to down the previously unbeaten daughter of Sea The Stars.

The Investec Oaks winner beat the boys in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last time out, but she was up against it coming into the final furlong.

Former Malton jockey Paul Hanagan had earlier been able to take his time on the dual Group 1 winner, as Volume set the pace at the start of the mile and a half contest, and Taghrooda cruised up to contend early in the home straight.

As she went clear, however, Moore and Tapestry threw down a concerted challenge and were soon side-by-side their rival.

The duo battled it out in the last 100 yards and it was Taghrooda who gave way. Tasaday was seven lengths adrift in third.

O’Brien said: “She's come forward with every run and the last day in the (Irish) Oaks she stumbled coming out of the stalls and the saddle went out on her rump. It was hard to believe she went the whole race with the saddle where it was and still just got beaten.

Moore added: "She looked one of the best two-year-olds last year and it has just taken a while for her to come to hand, but she ran a very good race the last day and has improved again today.

"We had nothing to lose. So it (tracking Taghrooda) seemed the best play we had.

"She had to battle. The other filly had plenty of time to come back if she was good enough. They are two very good fillies - they were seven lengths clear and I think that says it all really."

For Taghrooda, Gosden said: “I thought she ran a great race. She was ridden beautifully and produced beautifully. There are absolutely no excuses.

“She (Tapestry) may one of those fillies who has suddenly come to herself. There was confidence in her and this filly has run a super race.

“It does happen and it has happened here. I am happy with her. There are no excuses about the ground, the trip, the pace.”

Hanagan added: “I don't think there were many excuses, she was just beaten by a very good horse.

"We went a nice enough gallop, I got there and I thought it would take a very good one to beat me and I think one did. No excuses."

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