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Caulfield Guineas Dates Create Tagaloa Dilemma

Monday, 1st June 2020

Leading 2YO Tagaloa, winner of the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield earlier in the year, is giving trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young a headache as they attempt to schedule his spring schedule. With the time-honoured Caulfield Guineas looking like a natural fit for the Lord Kanaloa colt who will stand at Yulong upon retirement, the duo's dilemma relates to just when the Gr1 mile will be run. According to racing.com, the Melbourne Racing Club seems intent on hosting the race in late November, some 6 weeks later than would normally be the case as the industry grapples with a possible major spring revamp. If so, that doesn't tally with the planned program for the colt who is back in work. "Our thinking was we would bypass Sydney, forget about the Golden Rose, and just concentrate solely on the Caulfield Guineas and, hopefully – it's a big question mark – have a go at the Cox Plate if he was up to it," advised Busuttin. "But that all goes out the window if the program is changed… Then the Coolmore could become a lead-up to the Guineas and the Golden Rose goes back on the table." The only Melbourne Spring certainty currently appears to be uncertainty.

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