Tahiyra justified strong support in the Irish 1,000 Guineas for Dermot Weld at the Curragh on Sunday to win by a clear margin as the 2/5 favourite.
In the process, the Aga Khan-homebred provided her sire Siyouni with a momentous Irish Guineas double following Saturday’s success of Paddington in the colts equivalent.
However, it wasn’t all plain sailing on Sunday for Tahiyra. Drawn in stall one, the filly broke well under Chris Hayes and was able to assume a prominent position behind Meditate on the rail. Yet space was still tight as the field approached the two furlong marker and the filly momentarily looked blocked in. But as the Ballydoyle third string Dower House began to weaken, Hayes was able to finally angle out Tahiyra and deploy her turn of foot to run down the leader and eventual runner-up Meditate. The 150/1 outsider Comhra outran her odds to close fast for third.
Tahiyra was one of the leading lights among last year’s juvenile fillies off the back of a two-race campaign capped by a victory over Meditate in the Moyglare Stud Stakes. She made her return earlier this month in the Newmarket 1,000 Guineas, where she emerged with real credit by coming off only narrowly second best to Mawj in a battle for the ages.
“Obviously I’m relieved and proud of the filly,” Hayes told Racing TV. “I know we could do no more at Newmarket but I was very deflated and took it hard.
“It’s not too often that you get a filly like that. We were able to get things right today. Tactically I had to be very aware from where I was drawn and I needed a willing partner. By God she’s good.”
Tahiyra provided Dermot Weld with a second consecutive win in the race following that of Homeless Songs last year, and a sixth overall.
The filly’s background represents a melting pot of Aga Khan bloodlines being a daughter of his resident French stallion Siyouni, himself the product of stock formerly cultivated by Jean-Luc Lagardere, and out of Tarana, a Listed-winning daughter of Cape Cross whose earlier foals include the brilliant Breeders’ Cup Turf heroine Tarnawa. This family has been cultivated for several generations by the Aga Khan Studs, having been incorporated into the fold during the late 1970’s with the acquisition of the Dupre stock, among them Tahiyra’s fifth dam Tremogia.