Day At The Track

Tiger tames his rivals in ID18 Grand Final

06:32 AM 16 Dec 2018 NZDT
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Having knocked on the door and been brave so often Tiger Tara bashed it down with a barnstorming victory in the 2018 TAB Pacing Inter Dominion Championship.

A take-no-prisoners Todd McCarthy drive shot Kevin Pizzuto’s pacer to the lead in the early stages and with a 26.2-second third quarter and a track record smashing 1:53.9 mile rate he broke their hearts to salute in style.

After an enormous campaign that stretches back to October’s Pryde’s EasiFeed Victoria Cup win and a brave second in the New Zealand Trotting Cup, McCarthy and Tiger Tara got the one they wanted: the $500,000 Group 1.

“I think it’s going to take a while to sink in but at the moment it’s unbelievable,” McCarthy said.

“They are sensational these nights. The crowd is amazing, just an unbelievable atmosphere. To be able to win these sorts of races is something you dream about as a kid, to be able to come here and do it tonight is pretty special.”

After enormous consternation surrounded race tactics during the week the game plan was thrown out when Mach Doro crossed to the lead in the early stages before handing up to Tiger Tara.

Victorian hope San Carlo emerged from the pegs and would punch the breeze for much of the running, but the favoured All Stars pair Spankem and Cruz Bromac wouldn’t emerge to make their challenge until the final lap.

With a blistering third quarter of the final mile Tiger Tara found separation and that was all she wrote, saluting by 14.4m from a fantastic Our Uncle Sam with Spankem and Cruz Bromac filling out the first four.

But the night belonged to one.

“He felt really good,” McCarthy said. “He got a bit of a breather nice and early there and I knew it was going to be on in the last three quarters. He felt good down the back straight and I thought it was time to go and if we were good enough we’d be good enough. It worked out terrific, he’s such a gutsy horse and I’m so lucky to drive him.”

 

Michael Howard

Trots Media

8 9:45pm TAB INTER DOMINION PACING CHAMPIONSHIP GRAND FINAL (GROUP 1) 2760M
$500,000 M0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results
Pl  Horse Prize-
money
  Row &
Br
TAB
#
Trainer Driver
(C = Concession)
Mgn
(m)
Starting
odds
Stewards'
Comments 
1 TIGER TARA NZ      Fr7 7 Kevin Pizzuto Todd McCarthy   $ 6.00   PRS GS L 1 SWAB ST HT NTR D/S D/F
  BAY HORSE 8 by BETTORS DELIGHT USA out of TARA GOLD (NZ) (DREAM AWAY USA) 
Owner(s): M Hawli, C L Pizzuto, K J Pizzuto, T N Pizzuto 
Breeder(s): R P (Raymond) Anicich
2 OUR UNCLE SAM      Sr3 10 Chris Frisby Anthony Frisby 14.4m $ 34.50   PRS PRU W3 SWAB ST HT
3 CRUZ BROMAC NZ      Sr2 9 M Purdon, N C Rasmussen Natalie Rasmussen 15.8m $ 4.00   PRS T/F W2 3WLT SWAB ST HT
4 SPANKEM NZ      Fr5 5 M Purdon, N C Rasmussen Mark Purdon 18.6m $ 3.50 fav  PRS 3WL W1
5 IM PATS DELIGHT NZ      Fr3 3 Cran Dalgety Gavin Lang 23.5m $ 5.80   PRS 4 INC SCT
6 GALACTIC STAR NZ      Fr1 1 G F J Bond, S A Bond Ryan Warwick 24.4m $ 8.00   PRS GS CB RES 6
7 CANT REFUSE NZ      Fr2 2 Matthew Craven Matthew Craven 24.6m $ 98.10   PRS PRU 5 HUE USL
8 CASH N FLOW NZ      Sr5 13 Craig Cross John Caldow 25.4m $ 179.00   PRS PRU 7 HUE
9 WRAPPERS DELIGHT      Sr4 11 David Aiken Kima Frenning 26.3m $ 49.30   PRS SCT 6
10 SAN CARLO      Sr1 8 Stephen O'Donoghue Rebecca Bartley 28.3m $ 9.50   PRS PRU CTS D/F 3WM 2 QUER VXAR SCOPE
11 MACH DORO      Fr4 4 Craig Cross Luke McCarthy 35.8m $ 176.00   PRS GS L SLE 3 CMP
12 MAXIMAN NZ      Fr6 6 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton 70.7m $ 124.00   PRS RES CTS PH 10 TIRE QUER VXAR SCOPE
Scratchings
 
AUDI HARE NZ 12
Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 3:15:3 Mile Rate: 1:53:9 Lead Time: 82.3
First Quarter: 30.1 Second Quarter: 28.7 Third Quarter: 26.3 Fourth Quarter: 27.9
Margins: 14.4m x 1.4m
 
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