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Tarfasha in the frame for Investec Oaks

Updated: Thursday, 15 May 2014 07:49 | Comments

Tarfasha may be sent to the Investec Oaks
Tarfasha may be sent to the Investec Oaks

Tarfasha roared into the Investec Oaks picture when winning the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Blue Wind Stakes at Naas with real authority 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 and Saddler's Rock

Eased close home, she had a ready three and a three-quarters of a length in hand over We'll Go Walking.

Weld said: "I thought she did it very nicely for a filly having her first run back.

"It was a very true-run race, Pat said she gave a little blow half a furlong down, but she got a second wind and ran on nicely.

"I'll have a word with Sheikh Hamdan, it's his decison but I'll be encouraging him to have a crack at the Epsom Oaks. I appreciate he has the favourite for the race (Taghrooda, trained by John Gosden).

"She handled that ground but will really love fast ground.
"She is a good filly and there's lots to look forward to, she stays well and will love to go a mile and a half."

RaceBets initially cut Tarfasha to 20-1 from 33s for Epsom but were soon forced to go 12-1 about the June 6 showpiece.

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