TAGHROODHA'S defeat in yesterday's Yorkshire Oaks was certainly a result we didn't see coming.
I just felt at half way around the corner that Paul Hanagan had to ask her to go and stay in touch but it seemed he looked from early on a little bit uncomfortable on her. Through the finish I thought that she was probably just feeling the ground and feeling the effects of the King George.
Aidan's filly Tapestry looked to love the course and conditions. She was unlucky in the Irish Oaks and I'd say it was a case of one filly improving and the other still recovering from the King George and not coping with the ground.
No matter which way you go about it, the King George is a tough race, we saw that on Wednesday with Telescope and Mukhadram, so it would be an especially tough race for a three-year-old filly.
Taghrooda still did plenty in defeat yesterday and she is still a good filly but that air of invincibility about her is gone now, unfortunately.
It is so hard with these top horses not to miss every dance and to be right every time as they are fragile and it's very difficult to improve every day. It only takes one other to sparkle and yours to slightly underperform to get over-turned. Credit must go to a horse like Sea The Stars who was able to go out and win every day.
There is no doubt that Taghrooda is going to be a big player in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe still.
Whether or not Taghrooda will meet Australia in the Arc remains to be seen but he looks on course to light up Irish Champions Weekend in a couple of weeks' time following another impressive performance on Wednesday.
Australia won well, he travelled and is a horse that loves that fast ground and there is no doubt that he has a fantastic temperament and takes it all in his stride and I'd certainly love to be sending a broodmare to him once he retires to stud!
Aidan was able to give him a nice break mid-season and he now has a fresh horse.
Where he goes after the Irish Champion could define the season. Whether they'll go to the Arc, the English Champion or fancy a crack at Kingman in the QEII, you certainly wouldn't mind having him over any distance, but Ballydoyle will take it one step at a time and he's undoubtedly a horse that would like a fast surface.