Tagula

Type: Bay Colt

Sire/Dam:Taufan, Twin Island

Owner: R Hitchins

Timeform: 116

Tagula was one of the leading two year olds of his year and was also one of the first from the top drawer to be purchased at the Doncaster Yearling Sales. Unfashionably bred he was purchased for 38,000 gns by Emma Balding for Robert Hitchins, he showed promise on his racecourse debut at Newbury without ever landing a serious blow.

Generally unconsidered on his next start at Newmarket, he made light of the soft ground and made his 16/1 pre race odds look a nonsense as he stormed clear of some well regarded rivals. A poor draw in the Coventry Stakes (Gr3) at Royal Ascot cost him dearly, but he still ran with credit to finish 4th and made amends in his next start when winning the July Stakes (Gr3) back at Newmarket.

A trip across the channel for his next start saw Tagula register the biggest success of his career when taking France's premier two year old race the Prix Morny (Gr1) under Walter Swinburn. Third place behind Alhaarth in the Dewhurst Stakes (Gr1) rounded off a highly satisfactory season and Tagula went into the winter as an outside prospect for the classics. Although third in both the Greenham Stakes (Gr3), the French Guineas (Gr1) and the Prix de la Foret (Gr1), Tagula's sole success in 1996 came in the Supreme Stakes (Gr3) and he finished his racing career with a luckless fourth in the Hong Kong Bowl at Sha Tin. Since then he has made a fine start to his career as a stallion at Ireland's Rathbarry Stud.