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Taghrooda tops Oaks entries

John Gosden's superstar filly Taghrooda is one of nine remaining possibles in Thursday's Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York.

Her progression this season has been startling, from winning a Listed race on her reappearance to Classic glory in the Investec Oaks.

Connections were then rewarded for taking the bold decision to skip the Irish Oaks in favour of taking on the older colts in the King George And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot where she was ultra-impressive.

She is likely to be a very warm order to maintain her unbeaten record.

Last year's Epsom victor Talent, without a win since Epsom, is one of two entries for Ralph Beckett, who has also left in Secret Gesture.

Godolphin's Tasaday, smart for Andre Fabre last year, has been left in by Saeed bin Suroor after she won her first race in England at Listed level last month.

Aidan O'Brien's Venus De Milo is the only other older horse remaining.

The three-year-old challenge is supplemented by O'Brien's Tapestry, a fast-finishing second in the Irish Oaks with Luca Cumani's Volume just behind, filling the same spot she filled at Epsom.

Richard Hannon's Lustrous and Tony Coyle's Lily Rules complete the list.