Saturday 24 March 2018

Watching Brief

TARLA didn't have to beat anything too special at Punchestown on Thursday, but the way that she sauntered up by 12 lengths in such testing going suggests that she is on the verge of fulfilling all of the potential that she showed on her first start for Willie Mullins at the Punchestown Festival in 2010.

In just two starts over hurdles since then, she remains unbeaten and it will be fascinating to see what route Mullins opts to take with her now.

On the presumption that Voler La Vedette will be aimed at Cheltenham's World Hurdle again, Tarla's stable-mate Quevega would be the only rival of real significance in the mares' race.

However, both sets of owners will probably be keen to keep such valuable breeding prospects apart and Mullins hinted on Thursday that a chasing campaign might be on the agenda for Tarla.

She is the sort of mare that could hoover up soft ground novices over the winter.

Irish Independent

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