Trainer Dermot Weld believes superstar filly Tarnawa could be able to scale even greater heights next season, with the brilliant Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1T) heroine set to remain in training for 2021 as she charts a possible path to the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1).
The Aga Khan-owned 4-year-old’s future appeared uncertain after the curtain came down on a flawless campaign at Keeneland earlier this month, but the Rosewell trainer has confirmed that the triple group/grade 1 scorer will be back for more in the new year.
An impressive winner of the Prix de l’Opera Longines (G1) at ParisLongchamp on Arc day last month, Weld has not ruled out the possibility of his stable star returning to Paris for a tilt at the biggest prize in European racing in 2021.
“The plan is to train her again for another autumn campaign next year as a 5-year-old,” he said. “Hopefully we can do as well as we did this year.”
He added: “The Arc certainly could come on the radar, although it’s a long way away. She came home from America in good form. Hopefully there’s a lot to look forward to.”
The legendary trainer has handled Tarnawa’s 14-race career beautifully thus far, reaping the benefits of targeting an autumn campaign this year.
“She’s a wonderfully tough, genuine mare who’s improved every season for me,” said Weld. “She progressed from 2 to 3 and 3 to 4. There’s no reason why there may not even be a little more improvement to come in what will be her final year next year.”