Gosden to tag' King George
TAGHROODA'S diversion from the Curragh to Ascot may have disappointed many on these shores, but in relation to the health of tomorrow's King George it was a huge boost as the race now looks fully worthy of it's Group One status.
Like the Irish Derby, the King George was a race coming under fire for it's depth of quality, but John Gosden has almost single handily banished those concerns for this year with Taghrooda heading the market and Eagle Top a fascinating supplemented inclusion.
The ground will be key to Eagle Top's participation however, and should Gosden confirm his inclusion after racing at Ascot today you could expect to see some support for the very impressive Royal Ascot winner who left Adelaide in the shade in the King Edward VI Stakes.
However, it is Taghrooda who looks primed for this race and success here for the daughter of Sea The Stars would fully justify her owners decision to skip the Curragh in favour of taking on the colts and older generation here.
Taghrooda's scintillating Epsom triumph was only the third start of her unbeaten career and while Tarfasha failed to enhance the Epsom form at the Curragh last weekend, Volume most certainly did give it a solid look and the fact that she is so lightly raced you would imagine that she can only be still improving.
Gosden won the race in 2011 with Nathaniel and can add a second King George courtesy of Taghrooda who is made even harder to oppose by the fact that she gets not only the three-year-old allowance but also a fillies allowance which see's her receive over a stone from some of her big rivals including the Irish duo of Magician and Trading Leather and Sir Michael Stoute's Telescope (below left). Indeed, Taghrooda's biggest danger could well come from fellow three-year-old and her stable companion Eagle Top should connections allow him take his chance on the quick ground.
A full field of 29 runners are due to go to post for the wide open International Stakes of £150,000.
The bookmakers look likely to be betting 7/1 the field about this race in the morning and one that is currently priced up at 12/1 who deserves a second look is Macrus Tregoning's Bronze Angel.
The Martin Dwyer trained five-year-old looked very impressive when bolting up at York last time albeit in a lesser contest but he will run off just a 3lbs rise for that and looks to be one to keep on the right side of.
Watchable was third in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and Richard Hughes will take over on that one who is another at around about 16/1 that could be involved at the business end but Bronze Angel is the pick.