Breeders’ Cup Turf defence is ‘distinct possibility’ for Tarnawa

Tarnawa may defend her Breeders’ Cup Turf crown after she went so close to adding the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe to her brilliant record.

Connections will give the Dermot Weld-trained mare time to recover from her exertions as a three-quarter-length runner-up at ParisLongchamp on Sunday before any decisions are made.

Tarnawa put in a strong challenge in the final furlong but could not quite hold German raider Torquator Tasso, who passed her close home to spring a huge shock and claim the coveted spoils.

“Tarnawa is tired, but you’d have to be so proud of the effort she has put in,” said Kris Weld, assistant to his father.

“She was in the form of her life, we knew that, and she represented us so well.

“Torquator Tasso’s form was very good and was there for all to see. He wasn’t running just because it was the Arc, and it was a very good renewal of the race.

“We’ll see how she comes out of the race, and the Breeders’ Cup is a distinct possibility, having won it last year. We’ll take it one day at a time, and there is no talk about next year yet.”

Tarnawa was queen of Keeneland last November when she beat Magical by a length to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf and complete a hat-trick of Group One successes to go through 2020 unbeaten in four races.

The daughter of Shamardal made a belated reappearance when winning the Group Three Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown in August, followed by a narrow defeat to St Mark’s Basilica in the Irish Champion Stakes over the same course last month.

Search For A Song waits for reappearance date

Search For A Song’s seasonal reappearance has been delayed due to the dry weather, after connections decided not to declare her for the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan on Sunday.

The dual Irish St Leger winner was taken out of the Group Three contest by trainer Dermot Weld, who will wait a little longer before returning the Moyglare Stud-owned five-year-old to action.

“We hoped to run Search For A Song in the Vintage Crop on Sunday and while she has never been better in her life, with the dry weather and ground we couldn’t take the chance running her,” said Kris Weld, assistant to his father.

“We’ll wait for another few weeks and see.”

Weld junior reports Tarnawa to be in good form, but there is no set date for her 2021 debut yet.

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp in October remains the long-term objective for the Aga Khan-owned five-year-old. She ended the last campaign with a hat-trick of Group One victories in the Prix Vermeille, Prix de l’Opera and Breeders’ Cup Turf.

“Tarnawa is very well. There isn’t really a plan with her yet, and boring and all as it sounds, we’ll be guided by her,” said Weld.

“She is still on her break, but will be back shortly.

“The reason she is being kept in training is to have a go at the Arc and we’ll see if she’s up to it or not – please God she is.”

Weld was speaking at Cork, after Kailash (1-2 favourite) got off the mark at the sixth attempt in division two of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

Wearing blinkers for the first time, the Mastercraftsman colt led over two furlongs out under Colin Keane and went on to score by a length and three-quarters from Star Official.

“He is a grand horse, always runs an honest race and might get a little further in time and more ease in the ground would be a help,” Weld added.

“He has toughed it out well, is a grand genuine sort and the blinkers just sharpened him up. He deserved that today and I’d like to see a drop of rain before he runs again.”