Tiger ready to pounce

10 August 2018

MENANGLE PREVIEW | AMANDA RANDO

 

TOMORROW night will mark the start of another bumper campaign for one of Australia’s top ranked pacers Tiger Tara.

The $1.3million earner will step out at Menangle which will be his first Group assignment of many this preparation.

With the Inter Dominion, New Zealand and Victoria Cups on his radar this year before hopefully progressing to the Miracle Mile, trainer Kevin Pizzuto is pleased at where his stallion is at leading into this campaign.

“He’s put on a lot of size and muscle,” said Pizzuto.

“He has a big campaign ahead and we have to look after him.

“He’s certainly stronger.

“He’ll only have a few starts at Menangle before targeting all the big races.

“I won’t race him much in Sydney because the way the handicapping is, he’ll draw wide most of the time and won’t get the chance to race to his full potential or get the chance to run a true mile.”

Tiger Tara is the $1.70 TAB Fixed Odds favourite for Saturday night’s Group 3 Race Against Drought FFA (1609m) at the track he has won 10 of his 18 outings at.

The sire by Bettors Delight has not raced since finishing fourth to My Field Marshal in the record-breaking Miracle Mile in February.

He was only beaten 11m on that occasion when they rated the mile in 1:46.9 – the fastest mile paced in the Southern Hemisphere.

“I gave him a longer break because he had a bad allergy when he was in the Barn during the Miracle Mile and had a bad rash,” said Pizzuto.

“He has sensitive skin and it was like a dermatitis so I had to treat him with antibiotics and have him in a stable for six weeks.

“I wanted him to spend more time on the green grass and give a good spell, after all he deserved it, so I gave him a bit longer off . . . they’re not machines.”

Tiger Tara raced in all the major races this season and in 15 starts hardly missed a cheque, winning six races and placing just as many times plus pocketing $446,780 in stakes along the way.

Meanwhile, his two stablemates in Majordan and Cruz Bromac are also on the comeback trail.

Majordan has not raced since the Len Smith Mile (won by Cruz Bromac) on July 1 while Cruz Bromac last raced in the Blacks A Fake Championship in Queensland on July 21.

“Majordan has been back in work for two weeks and Cruz will be back in another week-and-a-half,” said Pizzuto.

“They’re getting ready for the big races too like the Victoria Cup and Inter.”

  

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