Taghrooda new Arc favourite

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: July 27 2014, 10:12 BST

Taghrooda is the new favourite for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe following an impressive win in the King George at Ascot on Saturday.

Taghrooda: Now as short as 3/1 for the Arc at Longchamp
Taghrooda: Now as short as 3/1 for the Arc at Longchamp

Connections of the Epsom Oaks winner opted to skip last week's Irish Oaks in order to take on her older rivals and she fully justified that decision with a well-timed run which saw her finish three lengths clear of favourite Telescope with Mukhadram in third.

William Hill and Ladbrokes were impressed enough to make John Gosden's filly their clear favourite for the Arc, Hill's at 7/2 (from 10/1) and Ladbrokes at 3s, while Stan James cut her to 7/2 by Sunday morning.

Hill's spokseman Jon Ivan-Duke said she would "take the world of beating" at Longchamp in October.

"That was the best performance of the year," he added.

Ladbrokes' David Williams said: "Taghrooda is clearly out of the very top drawer. We kept her on side on our ante-post book for the King George all week and would be very keen to do so again in the Arc market."

6/1 was the widely-available best price soon after the race with several firms making the horse their joint or co-favourite, but it didn't last and by the end of the day she was out on her own at a general 5/1.

One of those quoting 5/1 were Sky Bet and their Michael Shinners said: "It's no surprise that Taghrooda has jumped to the head of the betting given the way she outgalloped high-class rivals to win the King George.

"She won't receive the same amount of weight in the Arc from her older rivals, but she's clearly progressing all the time and has vindicated her owner's sporting decision to bypass the Irish Oaks."

On best price, there are now two co-second-favourites at 6/1 for the autumn showdown - Sea The Moon and last year's Arc winner Treve - with Derby winner Australia quoted at 7/1 by Coral and 888sport.

Eagle Top, who finished fourth, showed enough in terms of stamina to become the new favourite for the St Leger with some firms.

Sky Bet, Ladbrokes and Coral went into 4/1 in their market for the final Classic of the season, run over two furlongs further than the King George. Paddy Power were prepared to offer a standout 8/1.

Mark Johnston's Heavy Metal won on the same Ascot card and was bumped into 16/1 for the Betfred Mile at next week's Glorious Goodwood festival.

Muthmir was another significant Goodwood mover, becoming the new favourite for the 32Red Stewards' Cup by winning the day's big race at York - the Sky Bet Dash - convincingly.

Cut across the board, several firms were left offering 7/1.

Meanwhile, Osaila was made joint-favourite for next year's 1000 Guineas by Boylesports after winning at Ascot. The Irish firm went 14/1, the same price as Albany Stakes winner Cursory Glance, who shortened up in places.

888sport and Unibet appeared to be taking a chance by leaving 50/1 up about Osaila's chances of striking gold at Newmarket next spring and that was cut again to 33/1 overnight, which is a generally-available price.

Kodi Bear was another two-year-old winner on the card and was duly chalked up at 33s for the 2000 Guineas.