Tagaloa winning the C.S. Hates Stakes (Image: Racing Photos)
Co-trainer Natalie Young says Kennedy Australian Guineas favourite Tagaloa is 'spot on' for Saturday's Group 1 at Flemington.
The Blue Diamond winner stormed into favouritism for the Kennedy Australian Guineas on the back of a dominant win in fast time in the C.S. Hayes Stakes at Flemington last start and Young, who trains in partnership with Trent Busuttin, is confident he is ready to fire in his grand final.
"He is really great," Young said on Tuesday.
"I couldn't have asked him to come through that last race any better. He did a nice bit of work this morning on the course proper. Really towed me to the line at the 1200m and just rolled into it nicely.
"It was very similar work to what it was going into the C.S. Hayes. I can't fault Tags, I reckon he's going to be spot on."
He is currently a $5 favourite for the Kennedy Australian Guineas.
Tagaloa stamped himself as a stallion of the future with his Blue Diamond win, but a three-year-old G1 victory would be the icing on the cake for his post-racing career.
But Young knows G1s aren't handed out easily.
"We've got that Group 3 win as a three-year-old, we just need the (Group) 1 on Saturday. He is bouncing around, really nice and bright," Young said.
"You've got Zou Dancer and a few others that are in there. There might be improvement from Aysar as well and I think Cherry Tortoni went a nice race too. So there will be a few that will take improvement from going into the second-up run."
WATCH: Tagaloa's C.S. Hayes win
Tagaloa was up on speed rolling at a good tempo in his win in the C.S. Hayes and Young said punters could expect much the same on Saturday.
"I think that's the best way to ride him, to be honest," Young said.
"He's got that real high cruising (speed). He can really sustain that long 1000-metre gallop to the post and I think that's where he gets a few of his competitors off the bit and under pressure early.
"I think we will stick to that, (Luke) Currie knows him really well."