Tarfasha stamps her class
Tarfasha justified market support to give Dermot Weld another winner at the Galway Festival in the Topaz EBF Fillies Maiden.
The Teofilo filly, who is a half-sister to Galileo Rock and Saddler's Rock among others, was not beaten far by the well-regarded Geoffrey Chaucer on her racecourse bow and was sent off the 2-5 favourite as she sought to show the benefit of that experience.
She certainly did that, leading just about all the way under a confident Pat Smullen and quickening up nicely to beat the always prominent Ballybacka Queen by three and a quarter lengths.
Weld said: "We have some lovely two-year-olds this year. Pat gave her his usual confident ride. She's a lovely filly - very talented. I think she's a Group filly. She has the potential to go right to the top.
"She's beautiful, a stunning mover with lots of gears and speed, a stayer with speed, and she'll be a lovely staying filly for next year.
"She might go for a Listed race next before taking on a Group One, the Fillies' Mile (at Newmarket on September 27) in England."
Weld had high hopes of a double when the odds-on Pirate Cove made her debut in the caulfieldindustrial.com EBF Maiden, but she flopped as the race went to Gary Carroll on Joe Murphy's Sister Slew (8-1), who led all the way and held Tax Reform's surge by a nose.
Carroll said: "I was very unsure as to whether I'd won or not. Myself and Chris (Hayes on runner-up Tax Reform) both congratulated each other past the line. I actually bought this one as a yearling and sold her to Joe on the condition that I'd keep the ride."