Taghrooda is one of the biggest stars of the 2014 flat racing season.
She is from the first crop of stallion Sea The Stars, who himself enjoyed an all-conquering 2009 season winning all six of his races, each at Group 1 level including the 2,000 Guineas, the Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Her dam, Ezima, was a three-time Listed winner in Ireland in 2007 and 2008 and cost Taghrooda’s owner-breeder, Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, £336,000 at Tattersalls December Sales in 2008.
Taghrooda made a low key racecourse debut, narrowly winning a maiden race at Newmarket in late September 2013.
But she made rapid progress over the winter and left the jaws of a few seasoned racegoers gaping wide open following her 2014 reappearance, again at Newmarket, on May 4th.
She barely broke sweat in demolishing her five rivals in the Listed Tweenhills Pretty Polly Stakes by six lengths and more.
That form took a few knocks before her next race, the Investec Oaks, the second contest in the Fillies & Mares division of the QIPCO British Champions Series.
But she again proved herself something very special, having all her 16 opponents well covered from a long way out before eventually coming home almost four lengths clear for an impressive Classic triumph.
She maintained her unbeaten record in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) when bounding to a three length victory, adding a second Group 1 to her unbeaten record and becoming the first three-year-old since Pawneese in 1976 to triumph in that race. She looks the best three-year-old filly in the world on that evidence.
Then she went to Darley Yorkshire Oaks and was beaten half a length by Tapestry, losing her unbeaten record. John Gosden thought she was just outstayed, but it turned that she was in season. Next she ran a fine race in the Arc from a difficult draw to finish third to Treve and Flintshire.
She has now been retired to stud and Paul Hanagan, her jockey, said: "I owe her a lot. She’s done wonders for my career.
"I knew the prestige of the race (King George) but I’ll never forget the ovation we both got coming back in.
"It was a massive day for the team and I was delighted for Sheikh Hamdan.
"She was a very tough filly. She stayed well, but she did have a turn of foot.
"The main thing was her temperament. She was an absolute joy to ride, she made my job very easy.
"She’s done us proud."