Tagaloa will step out for only his second career start at The Valley today, but it really looks like he could be anything and I think he’ll be extremely hard to beat at around the $4 mark. It is rare to see a Japanese-bred two-year-old go around in Australia, but this son of Lord Kanaloa ran well for third in the Maribyrnong Plate on debut and will surely take big improvement into what looks an easier race.
Forceful is a classy type and looks well placed to win at Ascot today. The Hard Spun gelding did take a couple to find his best form when resuming, but recorded an impressive win over a mile here at Ascot two back before placing a close-up second behind Taxagano in the Listed Ascot Gold Cup last time out. The rise in trip should suit and he’ll be piloted by that man William Pike. Bad luck looks his biggest concern.
I’m A Rippa will take good improvement into his second campaign start this afternoon and is over the odds to win the George Moore Stakes ($9.50 at publish). The consistent sprinter returned some typically pleasing results last time in and there was a lot to like about the way he hit the line for third in the Listed Keith Noud when resuming. He can go forward from barrier 3 and will give them something to chase.
There is no argument against Trekking being the best horse in the Winterbottom Stakes field and with even luck, he should be winning. The talented son of Street Cry has always been an above-average performer, but really made the step up to the top echelon in winter when winning three of his four campaign starts, including the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap. This time in he’s won the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes and placed in both The Everest and the Redzel Stakes, and he is primed for another huge performance today.