Tarnawa to Visit Frankel

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Breeders' Cup champion Tarnawa (Ire) (Shamardal), who was retired in November, will visit Frankel (GB) for her first beau, Pat Downes, the Manager of The Aga Khan Studs in Ireland, announced on the Nick Luck Daily podcast.

Bred and raced by His Highness The Aga Khan, the chestnut scored three times at the highest level in 2020, in the Prix Vermeille, Prix de l'Opera and Breeders' Cup Turf. She was second in the 2021 G1 Irish Champion S. to Cartier Horse of the Year St. Mark's Basilica (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) and also filled that position in the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for trainer Dermot Weld.

“The plan for her first season at stud will be that she will travel to the UK to be covered by Frankel, so we are excited about that,” Downes told Nick Luck on the podcast. “That is the decision we've taken. When you actually look at her pedigree for example, she is out of a Cape Cross (Ire) mare, so Sea The Stars (Ire) is not an option for her.

“I would imagine we will send her to France to Siyouni at some point, but we have a sister to her turning two now so we will see how she gets on before making that particular decision.

The options for a filly like Tarnawa are relatively thin on the ground for the start of her stud career.”

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