BC Internationals: Filly & Mare Turf contender Talmada
Photo courtesy of Keeneland/Coady Photography.
Although it’s disappointing that soft-ground lover Bawina is out of the Filly & Mare Turf (G1), Talmada is a worthy addition from the also-eligible list.
By Cape Cross – sire of two-time Filly & Mare Turf champion Ouija Board, the great Sea the Stars, and Turf (G1) favorite Golden Horn – Talmada comes from the family of 1994 Mile (G1) winner Barathea as well as Coretta, runner-up in the inaugural running of this race in 1999.
The Roger Varian trainee was on an upward curve during her sophomore campaign in 2014, culminating in a second in the 1 1/4-mile Pride at Newmarket. That turned out to be a harbinger of her preferred trip.
Talmada kicked off 2015 with a second to Filly & Mare Turf rival Secret Gesture in the about 1 5/16-mile Middleton (G2) at York (click link for replay). Fourth in the Pinnacle (G3) when stepping up to 1 1/2 miles, she preferred the cutback to 1 1/4 miles when runner-up in the Hoppings to Covert Love – the subsequent winner of the Irish Oaks (G1) and Prix de l’Opera (G1).
But further shortening up wasn’t helpful. She was a subpar fifth in the 1 1/8-mile Kilboy Estate (G2) at the Curragh, where she set the pace on good-to-yielding ground:
Talmada reaffirmed her preference for 1 1/4 miles with a dynamic second to Curvy in the E.P. Taylor (G1) last out. Wide throughout from post 12, she navigated 33 feet more than the winner:
In sharp form at the moment, Talmada shows how strong the European bench is in this race. Nevertheless, she must improve to turn the tables on Secret Gesture, or to trouble Legatissimo, at a distance likely shorter than ideal.