CLASSY pacer Tiger Tara is about to begin a hectic month.
Having arrived on the Shaky Isles this morning, the Kevin Pizzuto-trained stallion is being readied for next Tuesday’s New Zealand Cup.
Following that assignment, Tiger Tara will back up in the New Zealand Free-For-All three days.
The seven-year-old will then return to New South Wales in what is little more than a stopover on his way to Perth to tackle the Inter Dominion.
Heats of the prestigious Championship begin at Gloucester Park on November 24.
“At the moment it’s just one step at a time and that step is the New Zealand Cup,” Pizzuto said. “If all goes well, he will then race in the Free-For-All a few days later.
“He gets back to Sydney a day later, then flies to Perth the next day for the Inter Dominion.
“It’s a big campaign with tough racing and plenty of travel, but he’s got such a great constitution and just takes it all in his stride.”
To Pizzuto’s dismay Tiger Tara has fared poorly in the Cup draw as the son of Bettors Delight aims to go one better than his second in last year’s edition.
Tiger Tara will begin from 10 – the outside of the front row – with defending champion and hot favourite, Lazarus, to start from six.
“The draw makes it tough, but he’s a tough horse, so we’ll be right,” Pizzuto said. “I honestly think he is better than his last preparation and expect him to be hard to beat.
“Lazarus is a star and the obvious one to beat, but they are all nice horses…they wouldn’t be in the New Zealand Cup if they weren’t!”
- PAUL COURTS