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Taghrooda is a Pretty player

There could be a shake up in the betting for the Investec Oaks after Sunday's Tweenhills Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket.

Joint-favourite for the Epsom Classic with some bookmakers is John Gosden's Taghrooda and she heads a classy-looking six-runner field.

An intended runner at Sandown last week, she was taken out on account of the soft ground .

The daughter of Sea The Stars was sent off at 20-1 on her debut over a mile last September and surprised even those closest to her that she had the requisite speed to win over that trip.

Angus Gold, owner Hamdan Al Maktoum's racing manager, expects her to come into her own over middle distances this season.

"It isn't that she's a big filly, she's just bred to excel over 10 furlongs and further," said Gold.

"Being by Sea The Stars the fact she could win over a mile was a bonus.

"With the benefit of hindsight is was definitely the right decision to miss Sandown as it got very soft there.

"Hopefully she can start off on the right foot but she's only had one race, we'll learn an awful lot more about her and you'd like to think she'd improve.

"She's a very relaxed filly at home and doesn't show much, she just does what she has to do."

Gosden also runs the unraced Night Fever, owned by the Coolmore team.

Sound Reflection represents Godolphin and Charlie Appleby, Sir Michael Stoute runs Surcingle while Luca Cumani's Jordan Princess and David Simcock's Uchenna complete the field.