Thursday 14 December 2017

Tarfasha stamps her class

Tarfasha leads the way home under Pat Smullen
Tarfasha leads the way home under Pat Smullen

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 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."

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