Noble Mission fails to fire as Taghrooda shines

The day of the King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes had arrived. Earlier in the week Gosden supplemented Eagle Top for £75,000. Pittance to connections but still note worthy & had me scratching my beard for a moment. Although impressive in the King Edward at Ascot last month, the step up to group one company would be tough, & taking on this field would be a stiff task. A good representation of experienced runners & Gosden bringing the youth with the three year oldsTelescope opened up 9/4 after looking real handy at Ascot last month & fluctuated all week to go off 5/2. Leitir Mor made the running & set a decent gallop. Everyone comfortable with sitting in behind the pace for a good way out. Coming round the bend for home Leitir Mor faded quickly as the race began to unfold. Jo got to work on Magician, but to no avail as the unsuitable ground sapped his pace. Telescope, Mukhadram  Taghrooda all kicked on in the final stages. Telescope & Mukhadram were matched for pace, crying out for the line as Taghrooda kept finding more to surpass the pair & score by three lengths. Gosden's supplemented runner gave it a fair go, running on well from the back of the field to finish behind the leading trio. 

Lady Cecil had a host of interesting runners on Sunday including her impressive Nobel Mission who took to the turf in Germany. Stepping back to a mile & a quarter, & continuing to contend in group one company, bookmakers took no chances offering odds on, for the five year old to get the job done. After being pipped on the line last time out in France, after an impressive run from the front it seemed like this was his for the takingFate was cruel to Noble Mission as he was pipped on the line again, this time to Lucky Lion who faced Sea The Moon last time & was no match. The lightly raced Pension Plan set out at Ascot & was backed into 5/2 going off favourite. With Moore on board it looked promising & was going well until Double Bluff kicked on for home only to be charged down by top weighted, Pallasator. Moore couldn't galvanise Pension Plan & finished up fourth. Good Value also looked promising throughout, but when the race opened up, failed to materialise. The two unbeaten runners, RedKirk & favourite, Agent Murphy kicked on for home with Redkird stealing the thunder, showing some impressive closing pace. A bit of a disappointing day for Lady Cecil drawing a blank but some nice indicators to take note of from this weekend's racing. 

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