MG1SW Tarnawa (Ire) (Shamardal) is in good form heading toward a start in the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland on Nov. 7. The 4-year-old filly who races in the colours of His Highness The Aga Khan is cross entered in both the GI Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf and the GI Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf. Christophe Soumillon has the ride. The chestnut has won all three starts this year beginning in the G3 Give Thanks S. at Cork on Aug. 8. She later added the Sept. 13 G1 Qatar Prix Vermeille and the Oct. 4 G1 Prix de l’Opera Longines, both at ParisLongchamp.
“I’ve been delighted with Tarnawa,” said trainer Dermot Weld. “We purposefully planned an autumn campaign with her. She won the Prix Vermeille very nicely and went back and won the Prix de l’Opera and has progressed from those two Group 1 wins. We’ve kept her on the same training schedule. She’s a very straightforward filly to train. She did a nice bit of sharp work last week and I was very happy with the way she went.
“It’s pretty certain that she’ll go to the Turf. It’s a pretty tight track with a short straight and there will likely be a bigger field in the Filly & Mare race, so the chance of getting a bad draw increases. Christophe Soumillon will definitely ride her. I thought he gave her two perfect rides when she won her two Group 1s and you don’t break a winning combination.”