Tarnawa To Irish Champion

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Tarnawa | Breeders' Cup/Eclipse Sportswire

Three-time Group 1 winner Tarnawa (Ire) (Shamardal), who won the G3 Ballyroan S. at Leopardstown on Aug. 5, will make her next start in the Sept. 11 G1 Irish Champion S.

The winner of last year's G1 Prix Vermeille, G1 Prix de l'Opera and the GI Breeders' Cup Turf, the chestnut has been in good order since her Ballyroan appearance. After the Irish Champion, the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp on Oct. 3 is His Highness The Aga Khan homebred's long-term goal.

“A decision has been made and Tarnawa is will have her next start in the Irish Champion S. at Leopardstown,” Weld told the Racing Post. “Colin Keane will ride her. Once it's good ground, that's where she will go. She will run in the Irish Champion S. and then, all being well, she will head into the Arc.”

He added, “The standard of the top horses is exceptional and the ratings prove that. It's going to be an exciting race [the Irish Champion], as will the Arc, and hopefully Tarnawa can continue to progress.”

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