FORMER Kiwi pacer Tiger Tara is heading for a spell despite his demolition of last night’s Renshaw Cup in Penrith.
Stating the son of Bettors Delight is at the end of his tether, trainer Kevin Pizzuto will freshen Tiger Tara before embarking on an interstate campaign.
Along with the Len Smith Mile closer to home at Menangle, Pizzuto has set his sights on Queensland’s Winter Carnival with the stallion.
The Len Smith Mile is scheduled to be run on June 25, with the Sunshine Sprint and The Black A Fake at Albion Park the following next fortnight.
“He will head off for a three-week break,” Pizzuto said. “Then I will get him ready for the big races over winter.
“After that he will have another freshen up before I head to Perth for the Inter Dominion next season.
“He’s done a great job since he got here and is clearly the best horse I have ever trained.”
Driven by Todd McCarthy during his latest triumph, Tiger Tara overcame the second row to score by 26-and-a-half metres from Spare Me Days, with Ultimate Art a metre away third.
Rating 1:55.2 for the 2525-metre journey, the six-year-old slashed a second-and-a-half from Smolda’s track record established in 2015 Cup.
“Although he is at the end of his tether, I still felt he was bright enough to win,” Pizzuto said. “In the end he just did it so easily and smashed the track record as well.
“He’s won five of his eight starts for me, including his last four and I couldn’t be happier.”
- PAUL COURTS