Horses To Follow » Takana


Takana showed a lot of speed in the six-furlong median sires series maiden at Dundalk on Friday. Sharply away from her outside draw, she moved up on the outside early on for Siobhan Rutledge and she led the field by the time they had completed the short run to the turn out of the back straight. She travelled well into the home straight, she picked up well and it looked like she had all her rivals in trouble as they raced to the furlong marker. She just tired through the final furlong, however, she was passed by the winner Exquisite Acclaim 100 yards out and she lost second to Marsa in the final strides.

It was still a good run by Ciaran Murphy’s filly. She had to do a lot of running from her outside draw early on, on her first attempt at six furlongs, in order that she wouldn’t be too wide around the first turn, and those exertions probably just told inside the final furlong. She ran really well on her previous run at Naas over five furlongs, she travelled well and she kept on well late on to finish second to Up Above. She will be interesting again now, ideally back down at five furlongs.
Dundalk, 17th September 2021