Weld wary of firm ground but delighted with Tarnawa’s Del Mar preparation

Firm ground is Dermot Weld’s biggest worry for Tarnawa’s bid for back-to-back victories in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar next month.

The five-year-old lifted the 12-furlong Group One at Keeneland in Kentucky last year on ground described as firm, but the meeting will be staged on the Californian coast this year.

Tarnawa was last seen when beaten three-quarters of a length by surprise winner Torquator Tasso in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, in what was a thorough test on heavy ground at ParisLongchamp.

Weld is satisfied with Tarnawa’s recovery since that run at the start of the month, though, and she has pleased with her homework since.

“The Arc took a fair bit out of her, but she’s an amazing animal with a wonderful constitution and huge determination,” Weld said.

“After a week when she was tired, she has bounced right back, and I was pleased with a bit of work she did the other morning.

“She flies out with the other Irish and English contingent, about 35 horses altogether, next Friday.

“The track is going to be my biggest concern. It’s where the surf meets the turf, and it’s very firm.”

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