Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 12 December 2019

Red-hot Dermot Weld on the double as impressive Tarfasha captures Naas Oaks trial in style

Tarfasha, with Pat Smullen up. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Tarfasha, with Pat Smullen up. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Thomas Kelly

Tarfasha entered the Epsom Oaks picture at Naas where she took the Blue Wind Stakes for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen.

Always held in high regard, the daughter of Teofilo was spotted cruising with a quarter of a mile to run after stablemate Tahaany and Dazzling had cut out the pace.

The 9/4 chance swept past her rivals when asked by Smullen and looked better the further they went, as befits a filly related to top stayers such as Galileo Rock.

Eased close home, she had a ready three-and-three-quarters of a length in hand over We'll Go Walking, with favourite Dazzling back in third. "I'll have a word with (owner) Sheikh Hamdan, it's his decision but I'll be encouraging him to have a crack at the Epsom Oaks," said Weld.

"I appreciate he has the favourite for the race (Taghrooda, trained by John Gosden). Mine is a good filly and there's lots to look forward to."

The in-form team of Weld and Smullen made it a double when debutant Zafayan (9/2) got the better of Aidan O'Brien's Gypsy King in the 10-furlong maiden.

O'Brien enjoyed better fortune earlier when American import Due Diligence justified his position at the head of the market in the Woodlands 100 Club Handicap.

Soon to the front under Joseph O'Brien, it looked like the pack could possibly swallow him up but the 6/4 favourite found plenty to prevail by a length and a half.

Johnny Murtagh got the perfect 44th birthday present when his daughter Caroline (18) rode her first winner in the colours of her mother Orla aboard Regal Power in the apprentice handicap.

Meanwhile, the Ger Lyons-trained Cappella Sansevero made it two from two with a narrow success in the Fishery Lane Race.

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