Tanaza makes it two from two as she strikes gold in ‘Silver’

Tanaza made it two wins in as many starts as she claimed Group Three honours in the Jockey Club of Turkey Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown last night.

Tanaza makes it two from two as she strikes gold in ‘Silver’

The Dubawi filly had made a successful racecourse bow at the venue last month but she was one of four unbeaten fillies to go to post in the seven-furlong heat.

Miss Gossip set the early pace in company with Turret Rocks but it was evens favourite Alice Springs who looked the most likely winner turning for home as she travelled well in the hands of Joseph O’Brien.

However, when Pat Smullen gave the signal, the Dermot Weld-trained Tanaza (7-4) produced a nice turn of foot down the centre of the track to win by a relatively cosy length and a quarter.

Weld, who indicated the filly could be a 1000 Guineas contender, said: “It was a very good performance by her.

“She’s a filly we have had always said would appreciate a little more ease than there was here as a lot of Dubawi’s like a little ease.

“She’s just class but she has a lot of pace and is bred to carry it over a distance. She stays well and she’s bred to stay well,but she has gears and has always shown that.

“I would say it was a pretty good renewal. She has a lot of pace and we see her as a miler .

“Pat rode her from a long way off the pace and was full of confidence. She would win over five five furlongs the same as she wins over seven – the good ones do that.

“A mile is as far as we’ll ever ask her to go. She will have one more run in the Moyglare this year.”

Smullen added: “She’s a smart filly and has some turn of foot.”

Boylesports offer odds of 12-1 about Tanaza for both the Qipco 1000 Guineas and Investec Oaks next year.

There was a shock result to the Japanese Racing Association Tyros Stakes as Deauville edged out 1-3 favourite Sanus Per Aquam in a thrilling finish.

Jim Bolger hailed Sanus Per Aquam as the “reincarnation” of his sire Teofilo after his recent Leopardstown win and he was widely expected to extend his winning record to three in this seven-furlong heat.

However, he was slowly into stride for Kevin Manning and pushed along to settle on the heels of his pacesetting stablemate Gleine before kicking on at the top of the straight.

Joseph O’Brien set out in pursuit aboard 9-2 shot Deauville while his fellow Aidan O’Brien inmate Lieutenant General also tried to get on terms down the middle of the track.

Deauville and Sanus Per Aquam were locked together in the final strides, but Deauville found a little extra to edge out the hot favourite.

The winning handler said: “He’s tough, he is a hardy, tough horse.

“It’s a good while since he ran (at Listowel in May), he was going to go for the Chesham but he had a little setback, that’s why he ended up coming here.

“He stays and Joseph said he was very green. He will probably have learnt a lot from today. He stuck his head out and he’s a typical (son of) Galileo

“Obviously we will look at the Futurity (Stakes on August 23).”

The winning rider added: “I would imagine there’s a lot of improvement, today wouldn’t be him at his peak and he’s very exciting going forward.”

  • Gleneagles and Solow remain on course for the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood next Wednesday after they appeared amongst 11 remaining confirmations. Aidan O’Brien’s Gleneagles has proved without doubt he is the best three-year-old miler in Europe, winning the English and Irish Guineas as well as the St James’s Palace Stakes.

Solow, on the other hand, has been a slow-burner for Freddy Head but he burst on to the scene at the Dubai Carnival and has since added two further Group Ones to his name, including the Queen Anne at Ascot.

O’Brien has also left in Cougar Mountain.

Summer Mile winner Arod is a possible runner for Peter Chapple-Hyam but his owners Qatar Racing decided against supplementing Lightning Spear, who was second in that Group Two.

Richard Hannon has left in Toormore, now owned by Godolphin, and Night Of Thunder, but the latter is thought more like to head for France in search of softer ground.

Charlie Hills could run Dutch Connection after his good run in the Prix Jean Prat, while Roger Varian may finally get another chance to saddle Dewhurst winner Belardo, who has missed several engagements this season.

Gabrial, Here Comes When and Bossy Guest make up the small but select field.

Varian said of Belardo: “He’s still in the race, he’s in great form and it would be lovely to run.

“We’d need a good amount of rain to run, I don’t think it would be his track on good to firm.

“I’d like to see it good to soft to run and if it was, I haven’t lost faith in him.

“His run in the Irish Guineas was very good and I’m sure when he gets his conditions he’ll prove he’s a Group One horse. Whether we wait for something like the Jacques le Marois, we’ve got options but we’ll bide our time until it’s his time.”

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