Tagaloa primed for All Aged Stakes

19 April 2021 01:19:30 GMTPlus10

Tagaloa had an exhibition gallop between races at Caulfield on Saturday in preparation for the Group 1 All Aged Stakes at Randwick this weekend.

The Trent Busuttin And Natalie Young-trained three-year-old will make his first competitive start since finishing third in the Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington at the end of February.

Under Luke Currie, Tagaloa sat off stablemate Savvy Lad, eventually winning the gallop by a length.

"It was really nice work and it was the perfect mate to be going with," stable representative Brendon Hawtin said.

"He'd [Savvy Lad] won over a trip last-start, a mile-and-a-quarter, so he was certainly forward enough. Tagaloa sat off him, quickened up and Luke said he felt terrific. Luke thinks he's pretty much ready now.

"He can have a nice easy week, a float trip to Sydney and he should be right to go. Hopefully he can draw a barrier, he hasn't had much luck with barriers throughout his career."

Saturday's trip to Caulfield followed a similar exercise a couple of weeks ago when Tagaloa made an appearance at a Sandown meeting.

Hawtin said the trip away from the Cranbourne stable added something extra to the workout.

"It's been a while between runs and trips away from home help," Hawtin said.

"And if we think he hadn't done enough, we can always give him a bit more on Tuesday, but Luke's adamant the horse is spot on.

"He's done as much as you can without that race fitness, but he's still got that residual fitness."

Tagaloa, last year's Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner, is 11.00 for the All Aged Stakes.

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