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Tarnawa completes Weld's Cork double

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Oisin Orr. Photo: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

Oisin Orr. Photo: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

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Oisin Orr. Photo: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

Tarnawa secured back-to-back victories in the Group Three Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes at Cork. Dermot Weld's charge won the race as a three-year-old before going on to lift the Blandford Stakes, but she had not run since finishing down the field in the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot last October.

The 8-1 shot made light of that lengthy absence though, making smooth progress to grab the lead in the mile-and-a-half heat and she won by a length and three-quarters from 11-10 favourite Cayenne Pepper.

"It was a very pleasing return, she had a very productive year last year and not many three-year-olds win three Group races," said assistant trainer Kris Weld.

"She was impressive in this race last year and she was equally impressive today. She has strengthened from three to four and is just a good filly.

"The plan was always to start back today. She has a multitude of entries for the autumn, but we said we'd come here and then play it by ear.

"She had possibly gone over the top by Ascot's Champions Day last year, but the play was always to start here today for an autumn campaign."

Weld and jockey Oisin Orr were completing a double after Emaniya (11-2) landed the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

"She ran very well from a bad draw on her first start at the Curragh and has put that experience to good use and I thought she won nicely," added Kris Weld.

"She has had two quick runs, so we will give her some time now. She is a beautifully-bred filly and we'll look for a Listed race now. She is entered in the Debutante Stakes (on August 22), but that comes too quick and we'll wait a bit longer.

"She got the mile well today but her dam was fast. We're hoping she has a good future ahead of her."

Current Option made a seamless transition to Listed class with victory in the Platinum Stakes

Winner of the valuable "Ahonoora" Handicap at Galway last Sunday, trainer Ado McGuinness's decision to make a swift return to action paid dividends as the 9-2 shot ran out a cosy victor in the hands of Gavin Ryan.

The four-year-old swooped in the final of seven furlongs to collar Soul Search and win by half a length.

"We weren't going to run and he was declared at the last minute as we found out Madhmoon and Sonaiyla weren't running, so we said we'd give it a go," said McGuinness.

"I said he was a Stakes horse, so he has proved me right. That's my first Listed winner and most horses I'd have for them I'd usually sell, so it's great to be able to hold on to him.

"There is a Listed race in three weeks at Leopardstown and then we'll probably find something for him on Champions Weekend and there's a Group Three at Dundalk after that.

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