Tarnawa Pleases Weld Ahead of Breeders' Cup

Tarnawa | Breeders' Cup/Eclipse Sportswire

Last year's GI Breeders' Cup Turf heroine Tarnawa (Ire) (Shamardal), who was a close second in the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe when last seen, is in good order ahead of the 2021 Breeders' Cup at Del Mar. Trainer Dermot Weld is pleased with High Highness The Aga Khan's homebred's preparation and she leaves for California on Oct. 29 in a bid to defend her Turf title.

“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.”

A winner of the G3 Ballyroan S. when making her 2021 debut on Aug. 5, the chestnut ran second in the G1 Irish Champion S. at Leopardstown on Sept. 11 prior to completing the exacta in the ParisLongchamp showpiece on Oct. 3.

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