ANNIKE BYE HANSEN
Tulfarris - miler with potential upside
Tulfarris, named after a famous Irish golf resort, is a new name on the list of horses in Annike's care, and this four-year-old son of top class miler Zofanny is an interesting recruit to Scandinavian racing. He was a minor stakes winner when trained in France as a juvenile, when he captured the Grand Criterium de Vittel over 1600 metres. He moved to Newmarket trainer Charlie Fellowes for his three-year-old campaign, and Tulfarris continued to improve for his new trainer. He was unfortunate not to win a race in England, where he raced seven times and was placed second or third on three occasions. His best two runs came on his last two outings for Fellowes, and peaked just weeks before Anikke secured him at the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sales. Tulfarris was runner-up twice in good company over a mile at Ascot, and we all know how strong valuable races at that venue are. Tulfarris went down by three parts of a length to Ebury (who ran second in a strong handicap at Newmarket two montsh later) in early September, and a four weeks further into the autumn Tulfarris was narrowly beaten in the highly competitive Mar-Key Classified Stakes.
After racing prominently throughout, he went down by only a head to the Hamdan Al Maktoum owned Sawwaah that day. The two had a real battle through the final furlong, and they drew right off, finishing 3 lengths clear of the third placed Model Guest. Although subsequent results gave us mixed messages about the form (which is often the case with autumn races), it is worth noting that the race was full of previous winners and that the field was strung out to the tune of almost twenty lengths. Based on his good run the course and distance on his previous start, Tulfarris was sent iff as the 4-1 second favourite. Interestingly, he had been held up at the back when taking second to Ebury, so we can assume that Tulfarris is a versatile in that regard; he can be prominent or he can be given a waiting race. Such horses always have an advantage, as they give the rider options and can overcome various pace scenarios. Another plus with this gelding is that he has run well on good to firm, good and soft ground. He has raced only on turf.
His dam, Eurolink Raindance, became a high class turf performer in California after having been placed three times in Listed company in England at two. She won the 8-furlong Wilshire Handicap (G3) at Hollywood Park as a five-year-old. Eurolink Raindance, a well bred daughter of Alzao, has produced three other winners. Amongst them we find the very useful miler Toymaker (Starcraft). He won 7 races and was placed 8 times.
In all probability, Tulfarris will continue to do his best at around a mile, but he did run respecatbly when tried over 1 ¼ miles at Newmarket (a very testing trip) last July, so there is a chance that he can stretch out to that distance in Scandinavia, particularly when running on turning tracks. He also ran second to Doncaster last spring, and he is a horse who has performed well over a variety of courses. There's quite a lot to like about his profile. Without taking expectations too high, one can say that Tulfarris is 'a miler with a potential upside'. GS 23 Mar 20
CJ Thoroughbreds joining in
7 Nov 2019: Annike has a new owner, CJ Thoroughbreds, on her side, who acquired two very interesting runners at the recent Horses in Training Sales in Newmarket: the ex-French 3yo colt Abolish, and Tulfarris, a 3yo colt with racing experience from both France and England.
Strong Ascot form
Tulfarris (Zoffany), who won the Grand Criterium de Vittel when trained in France as a juvenile, produced his career best performance just weeks before the sales in Newmarket, as he was narrowly beaten in the highly competitive Mar-Key Classified Stakes over a mile at Ascot on October 4. Representing trainer Charlie Fellowes, he went down by only a head to the Hamdan Al Maktoum owned Sawwaah. This run pushed his British handicap mark up to 90. Tulfarris has finished in the first three in 7 of his 13 starts to date, and produced his best form when racing over a mile, the distance he tackled also when second in a strong Doncaster handicap in the spring. Click on to open his Racing Post page / his Tattersalls catalogue page (where info on his most recent start is not included).