IT’S fair to say Tiger Tara has a busy weekend ahead of him.
Or more accurately, the Kevin Pizzuto-trained stallion has an exhausting weekend ahead of him.
Having produced a stellar effort to finish third in yesterday’s New Zealand Cup, Tiger Tara will return to Addington for Friday’s New Zealand Free-For-All.
The seven-year-old will then fly back to Sydney on Saturday before boarding another plane bound for Perth.
Tiger Tara’s travel includes a Melbourne stop over on Sunday morning to pick up his Inter Dominion-bound rivals.
Heats of the prestigious Championship begin at Gloucester Park on November 24.
“We leave New Zealand on Saturday and head straight to Perth,” Pizzuto said. “The first part of the trip is getting back to Sydney, then to Melbourne, then to Perth.
“He’ll handle it just fine as he’s got a great constitution. Once he gets to Perth he will have a few days off in a paddock to get him ready for the heats on Friday night.”
Thrilled with his stable star’s Cup performance, Pizzuto believes Tiger Tara is in perfect condition for his upcoming Group One engagement.
To be driven by Todd McCarthy, Tiger Tara will begin from barrier five, with the favourite, Jack’s Legend, drawn gate two.
“It’s a good draw as I wanted him to start a little wider so he can scoot out of the gate,” Pizzuto said. “His run in the Cup was a massive effort and he has come through it in great shape.
“No many horses can break stride like he did, lose five or six yards and recover to run third over 3200 metres after racing in the breeze.
“At first I thought he jumped some manure on the track, but watching the race again, he jumped a divot or mark on the track from where the driver (Ricky May) fell out of the sulky at the start.
“He’s pulled up enormous and will be ready to win on Friday.”
- PAUL COURTS