May 11, 2019 | Niamh Byrne
Weld weighing up his options with latest Blue Wind Stakes winner Tarnawa
Dermot Weld, who trained Blue Wind to do the English and Irish Oaks double in 1981, looks to have another smart filly on his hands after Tarnawa claimed the Irish National Stud Racing Irish EBF Blue Wind Stakes.
Weld was winning the Group 3 contest named after his former inmate for the fourth time this decade as Tarnawa overturned the odds on favourite Who's Steph by a neck.
Who's Steph was reappearing after a Listed success at Gowran just six days ago but Weld and jockey Chris Hayes continued their fine start to the current season as Tarnawa finished best of all to head Who's Steph late and claim the lion's share of this €80,000 prize.
Weld commented afterwards: "I thought that she would be hard to beat today and that was a good performance as the second is a very good filly. She's tough and stays well and we will just see how she comes out this before making plans but Epsom (Oaks) is a possibility."
While Ger Lyons was out of luck in the feature race on Saturday, the Meath-based handler did produce a very interesting newcomer in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race.
Carrying the famous colours of Prince Khalid Abdullah, Siskin made a winning debut in very good style under Colin Keane as the son of First Defence pulled well clear of Aidan O'Brien's debutant Harpocrates and the only winner in the field, Red Epaulette, who was back in third.
"He's a nice colt and has been very professional," Lyons said. "Colin has compared him to Cappella Sansevero in that he’s a push button ride. It looks like there is plenty of improvement in him physically and we'll take our time with him. We’ll just let him tell us when he’s ready to run again."
Michael O'Callaghan won his second two-year-old maiden of the year at Naas when Lorelei Rock caused a bit of a surprise in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden over furlongs.
Returned a 12/1 winner in the hands of stable jockey Leigh Roche, Lorelei Rock took up the running inside the final two furlongs and the smart looking filly just held off the fast-finishing Air Force Jet by the narrowest of margins.
O'Callaghan will now consider a tilt at Royal Ascot with Lorelei Rock.
"Tom (Whitehead) is a great friend who has a couple of horses in training with us and she came highly recommended by him at the breeze up sales. She's mature and is nearly 500 kilos already so she could be an Ascot type. She'll improve a good bit from this and I think she will be able to hold her own at conditions or stakes level," said the winning trainer.
Woody Creek led home a 1-2 for trainer Fozzy Stack in the €50,000 Naas Racecourse Business Club Handicap. The Andrew Slatter-ridden victor finished strongly to pick off his stable companion Empire Line and score by half a length.
Racing returns to Naas next Sunday, 19th May, with a bumper eight-race Royal Ascot Trials Day which features the Group 3 Goffs Lacken Stakes and the Group 3 Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies' Sprint Stakes.