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Taghrooda attracts classic support

Updated: Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 14:38 | Comments

Taghrooda has the backing of the public for the Irish Oaks
Taghrooda has the backing of the public for the Irish Oaks

Taghrooda has been the subject of considerable market support to complete a Classic double in Saturday's Darley Irish Oaks.

Owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum has the ultimate decision on whether the John Gosden-trained Taghrooda heads to the Curragh at the weekend along with Tarfasha, who was the runner-up at Epsom, are both declared on Thursday.

William Hill shortened the Sea The Stars filly to 4-7 favourite from 8-11, while Paddy Power offer the same price from 4-6.

"All the money has been for Taghrooda and nobody wants to back anything else," said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

"We've seen lots of four-figure bets and she could be a dreadful loser for us.

"We opened up at odds of 8-11 but that has been snapped up and she will go off odds-on this Saturday. She has trounced the opposition before and she may end up being one of the best-backed Group One horses this year."

Paddy Power said: "The money we've seen for Taghrooda has been significant - she's the only one punters want to know."

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