Tagaloa ready for Rupert Clarke test

Blue Diamond Stakes winner Tagaloa will be aiming to join the likes of Exceed And Excel, Testa Rossa, Encosta De Lago, Our Maizcay and Manikato as three-year-olds to have won the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) in the last 50 years when he lines up in the Caulfield feature on Saturday.

Tagaloa. Picture: Racing and Sports

"He will get in with 54 kilograms … it would have been nice if it was post-Covid because then it would be 52 kilograms," co-trainer Natalie Young said.

"But it's a nice weight and I know he loves Caulfield so I think that's the best way to go, targeting that Group 1."

Tagaloa raced clear after a tough run in the McNeil Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) before being grabbed late, finishing third in a three-way photo behind Immortal Love.

"Really happy with the way he is. He had a really nice quiet week after the McNeil," Young said.

"It was a hard run, he did it tough. We gave him a nice quiet week. He had a nice gallop Saturday morning, Michael Walker came in and galloped him and he's rapt with how he pulled up."

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