Tarnawa sets Give Thanks best for Weld

Saturday, Aug 17 2019

Tarnawa gave trainer Dermot Weld a record sixth triumph in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes at Cork.

The daughter of Shamardal bounced back to form after a disappointing run in the Epsom Oaks to dismiss five rivals, four of which were trained by Aidan O’Brien, who also went into this year’s renewal with five wins.

It was one of those, Invitation, who set the pace with stablemate Credenza and the John Oxx-trained Moteo close up.

The six runners were spread out in the early stages, but closed up in the straight with Tarnawa (7-2) going best under Chris Hayes.

Tarnawa soon put the race to bed and sprinted two and a half lengths clear of Simply Beautiful (5-2 favourite), who led home the O’Brien contingent.

“I was just reading about myself and Aidan and we have won the last 11 renewals. It’s 6-5 to me – it’s like the hurling!” said Weld.

“They are good fillies, it’s as simple as that – it might not have been a big field, but they are very good fillies. She is very consistent and has now won a second Group race and I think she is getting better.

“She had a busy spring, is tough and had a nice break since the Oaks. I was disappointed at Epsom, the ground might have been a little bit quick for her, but she did not come down the hill at Epsom.

“Epsom is like Galway in that horses have to come down the hill, and some either do or don’t. Horses either do or don’t handle the track and that’s why I thought Cork would be ideal as a lovely, flat track which I rate very highly.

“I don’t have a definite plan, I want to see how she comes out of today and we’ll go from there.”

Tarnawa was cut to 16-1 from 33-1 for the Qipco British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes at Ascot in October with Paddy Power.

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