Blue Diamond Winner Tagaloa Heads 2020 HDF McNeil Stakes Field & Odds

August 28, 2020

Blue Diamond Winner Tagaloa Heads 2020 HDF McNeil Stakes Field & Odds

Blue Diamond Stakes winner Tagaloa will return to the scene of his biggest career win when kicking off a Caulfield Guineas – Cox Plate campaign in Saturday’s HDF McNeil Stakes 2020.

Tagaloa Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) - Races.com.au

Blue Diamond winner Tagaloa returns in Saturday’s 2020 HDF McNeil Stakes. Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Lord Kanaloa colt is the headline acceptor in the Group 3 $160,000 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield this weekend, Tagaloa drawn barrier eight with his regular hoop Michael Walker to ride.

The race originally drew 16 starters but Busuttin & Young opted to scratch Albarado (12) but are still dually represented by the favourite along with Brazen Beau colt Larimer Street who returned with a first-up fifth at the track in the Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) a fortnight back.

At set weights plus penalties, Tagaloa carries the 59.5kg top weight as a Group 1 winner but is being kept safe in HDF McNeil Stakes betting at $3.70 and firming through Ladbrokes.com.au.

In February he took out the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at a roughie’s price before heading to Sydney for two further starts in his juvenile campaign.

At Randwick he ran second to Farnan in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) before a fourth behind that same horse in the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill last time out.

Tagaloa should appreciate returning to Caulfield and, from the barrier with the blinkers going on the first time, should settle just off the speed before finishing strongly on way to tougher Group 1 targets over further this spring.

Three other runners are currently at single-figures in the HDF McNeil Stakes odds including the $7 second elect Immortal Love drawn a treat in barrier four for jockey Craig Newitt.

The undefeated Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained Snitzel gelding is two-from-two to date and faces a notable class rise in the Group 3 event.

His last start on May 23 produced an eye-catching 3.5 length victory over 1400m at Flemington on a Heavy (8) carrying 58kg and he should be flying first-up coming back in weight at Caulfield.

The stable is also represented by the widely-drawn duo of Our Playboy coming into barrier 14 with Ben Melham booked for the ride aboard the in-form son of Sebring and Snitzel colt National Choice ($12) drawn one closer to the rails.

Our Playboy took his record up to three wins from five starts first-up at the track on August 15 when, after having secured back-to-back 1000m wins in easier grade back in April, he took out the Vain Stakes at double-figures.

He presents fit second-up in the HDF McNeil Stakes, but has work to do from the wide draw going up in weight.

National Choice meanwhile has Michael Dee aboard for his first-up run of the new season, the up-and-comer racing in Black-Type company for the first time following a winning debut at Geelong in April and a last start third at Caulfield on May 9 carrying a hefty 60.5kg

Rounding out the hopes under $10 to upset the class horse in the race Tagaloa is the consistent Danny O’Brien-trained Flying Award.

The Shamus Award colt was last seen breaking his maiden status at career start number three at Flemington taking out the Listed ANZAC Day Stakes (1400m).

Click here for the latest H.D.F. McNeil Stakes 2020 betting markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 31x4124x TAGALOA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 8 59.5kg 102
2 1x0x1 HARD LANDING Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Craig Williams 11 58.5kg 80
3 6x611x1 OUR PLAYBOY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ben Melham 15 58.5kg 82
4 2x271x8 EXTRA TIME Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jamie Kah 13 58.5kg 72
5 23210×5 LARIMER STREETSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Rodd 5 58kg 79
6 7216370x RATHLIN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 3 58kg 73
7 221x FLYING AWARD Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 6 58kg 72
8 9112x KHOEKHOESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 7 57kg 72
9 11x CROSSHAVEN Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 2 57kg 69
10 11x IMMORTAL LOVE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Newitt 4 57kg 70
11 23×2 RANTING (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Dwayne Dunn 10 57kg 70
12 12x ALBARADO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Jordan Childs 12 57kg 65
13 6314x THE LAST CHARGESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Kevin Corstens Beau Mertens 9 57kg 65
14 13x NATIONAL CHOICESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Dee 14 57kg 64
15 1×4 BRANDERS RULE Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 16 57kg 64
16 1 LOCA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damian Lane 1 57kg 63

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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