Tagaloa firms after drawing handy Slipper gate

Tagaloa (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}) is the new favourite for the G1 Longines Golden Slipper S. at Rosehill following Tuesday’s barrier draw behind closed doors at Racing New South Wales’ offices.

The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained colt will on Saturday jump from gate six and the market reacted accordingly to install him at $5 after the pre-draw fancy Farnan (Not A Single Doubt) was handed gate 14.

Tagaloa won the G1 Blue Diamond S. at Caulfield in February and then finished runner-up in the G2 Todman S. at Randwick in his first outing right-handed. Michael Walker will continue his association with the youngster.

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“It’s a great draw and the rail is out three metres so from barrier six he’ll be in the perfect spot,” Young said.

Tagaloa was put through his paces at Randwick on Tuesday morning and delighted all concerned with his effort.

“It’s a great draw and the rail is out three metres so from barrier six he’ll be in the perfect spot.” – Natalie Young

“Michael Walker galloped him and we were going to go to Rosehill, but it’s in our backyard and we couldn’t fault him so he’s going into Saturday very well,” Young said.

“We thought a month between runs after winning the Blue Diamond was going to be a bit too much so we gave him a run in the Todman and that would get him on that right leg.

Michael Walker and Tagaloa after winning the Blue Diamond

“I thought he went super and gave Farnan 6l and flew home. He came through that race really well and this week he’s been having a roll after he works and squealing and kicking.

“He’s in a really good frame of mind and a really happy horse. We’ll just keep him ticking over in the next few days.”

“He’s in a really good frame of mind and a really happy horse. We’ll just keep him ticking over in the next few days.” – Natalie Young

Young is hoping the track will dry out before Saturday, although Tagaloa has handled rain-affected going in the lead-up.

“We’re hoping he gets through the track. At Cranbourne, he trialled on a heavy 8 over 800 metres and he won it, not that you can get carried away by Cranbourne jump-outs, but he came home in 51s so I don’t think it should worry him,” Young said.

Article reproduced courtesy of TDN – Written by Paul Vettise