Soumillon To Ride Tarnawa In Arc

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Tarnawa winning the Breeders' Cup Turf under Colin Keane | Breeders' Cup/Eclipse Sportswire

Christophe Soumillon will be reunited with the Aga Khan's Tarnawa (Ire) (Shamardal) in the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Oct. 3. Soumillon, the Aga Khan's retained rider in France, was aboard Tarnawa for wins in last year's G1 Prix Vermeille and G1 Prix de l'Opera, but was replaced last minute by Colin Keane for Tarnawa's victory in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf at Keeneland after testing positive for Covid-19. Keane was in the saddle for Tarnawa's comeback score in the G3 Ballyroan S. on Aug. 5 and for her second-place finish to St Mark's Basilica (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) in the G1 Irish Champion S. on Sept. 11.

Trainer Dermot Weld told the Irish Times, “Christophe Soumillon will ride Tarnawa in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. He knows the filly well and he is His Highness's retained jockey in France.”

Tarnawa is the general 11-4 favourite for the Arc ahead of G1 Derby winner Adayar (GB) (Frankel {GB}) at 4-1.

In other Arc news, last year's G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Sealiway (Fr) (Galiway {GB}) has been named an intended runner. The 3-year-old has not been seen since finishing second to St Mark's Basilica in the Prix du Jockey Club on June 6.

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