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"We’ve made no decision yet" - Weld still to decide Tahiyra's Classic target

Last updated: 06 Apr 2023
Jon Vine 06 Apr 2023
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  • Key quotes from Dermot Weld at the start of the 2023 flat season
  • Tahiyra is the ante-post favourite for the 1000 Guineas and the Epsom Oaks
  • Weld is yet to decide which target Tahiyra will be aimed at during the spring
Weld still to decide Tahiyra's Classic target
Chris Hayes riding Tahiyra (green) win The Moyglare Stud Stakes at Curragh Racecourse. (Getty)

Dermot Weld refused to commit to a Classic target for last season's star juvenile, Tahiyra.

Tahiyra ran just twice as a two-year-old last season, but Weld's filly could hardly have made a better impression. On the back of a runaway maiden triumph at Galway, Chris Hayes' mount put a talented field to the sword with a dominant victory in the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

Bet365 currently list Tahiyra as their favourite for both the Irish and British 1000 Guineas. During an interview on Sunday, Weld also mentioned the French 1000 Guineas as a potential target for Tahiyra, but insisted that Classic plans still haven't been finalised.

"We’ve made no decision yet where she may start off." Weld said. "It may be the Irish Guineas, the French Guineas or the English Guineas but no decision will be made until later in the month, it depends on how she’s working."

"I’m very satisfied with her, she’s wintered well. We had a very dry February and then a very wet March, so I’ve taken my time with her but I’m satisfied."

"Some fillies come early in the season, some fillies take a little longer. It’s not a question of which Guineas (suits best), she’ll tell me when she’s ready."

"Horses grow their coat in the winter and in the spring they shed it. If you get a nice, mild spring obviously it happens quicker, but if you get a wet spring and cold weather, obviously they hold on to their coats a little longer and with fillies their performance is affected, it’s nature."

Tahiyra is a half-sister to one of Weld's former stable stars, Tarnawa, who won three Group Ones and finished second in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe during her glittering career. 

Tarnawa also ran in the 2019 Epsom Oaks and her sibling is the ante-post favourite for this year's renewal of that famous Classic. Weld admitted in the interview on Sunday that a step up in trip may come in time, but it's highly unlikely that we'll ever see Tahiyra running over the Oaks distance.

Weld continued, "I think she could well go 10 furlongs (later in the season). Tarnawa got a mile and a half – she won the Vermeille, the Breeders’ Cup (Turf) – but I’d say this filly has more pace, so we’d be happy over a mile at the moment."

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