Blue Diamond Stakes winner off to stud

Tagaloa won the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes as a two-year-old but the colt will start a new chapter of his career at Yulong Stud after his unplaced run in last Saturday’s All Aged Stakes in Sydney.

Last year’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner Tagaloa has run his last race.

Tagaloa was always likely to retire at the end of his three-year-old season once Victoria-based breeder Yulong Investments bought a significant stake in the colt after his Blue Diamond win.

Tagaloa bowed out with a solid effort when finishing less than two lengths behind Kolding in last Saturday’s Group 1 All-Aged Stakes at Randwick.

The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained colt won three of his 13 starts and more than $1.4 million in stakes.

While Tagaloa’s racing days are over, Yulong Investments chief operating officer Sam Fairgray was thrilled to welcome the son of former star Japanese sprinter Lord Kanaloa to the stud’s roster.

Fairgray said breeders have been keen to secure a place in Tagaloa’s first book of mares in the spring.

“It’s very interesting him coming to stud because the whole Japanese blood thing has got breeders intrigued,” Fairgray recently told the Herald Sun.

“It’s great for the Australian industry to be able to introduce these bloodlines.”

Fairgray said the fact Tagaloa did not have breeding legend Danehill in his pedigree would make him a viable option for a large share of the best broodmares in Australasia.

“He’s Danehill free so he can match with any of those type of mares,” Fairgray said.

“All those lovely Redoute’s Choice, Fastnet Rock, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt mares, all those can easily be mated.”

Fairgray said Yulong was likely to announce its stud fees for Tagaloa, Grunt, Alabama Express, Yulong Prince and its gun acquisition Written Tycoon later this week.

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