Pizzuto keeps trucking

by Adam Hamilton

INTER Dominion winner Tiger Tara won’t race again before his Perth raid.

Trainer Kevin Pizzuto said a month between runs doesn’t fuss him ahead of the $300,000 Group 1 Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park on January 11. 

“He’s booked on a flight across from Melbourne to Perth on January 7. He’ll go down to Melbourne (from Sydney) the day before,” Pizzuto said. 

“I’m not racing him before then. He doesn’t need it. It took a while to get him as fit as I wanted, but now he’s there I keep him at that level. He won’t need a run before Perth to be at his top.” 

Tiger Tara’s main Perth target is the $450,000 Group 1 WA Pacing Cup on January 18. 

Then it’s back to Melbourne for the $500,000 Hunter Cup at Melton on February 2. 

Pizzuto again declared the Miracle Mile an “unlikely” target for Tiger Tara. 

“It’s not out of the question, but at this stage I’m leaning towards giving him a break after the Hunter Cup,” he said. 

More immediately, Pizzuto’s focus is back in NSW and on smaller fish with his emerging pacer Persimmon, who is $2.80 Aussie TAB favourite for Saturday night’s $30,600 Group 3 Inter City Pace at Maitland. 

Persimmon looked good winning his heat by a big space last Saturday night, but will find the final harder from a wide draw (gate five) with key rivals Benalong Valley (one), Pocket Of Terror (two) and Ashark (four) drawn inside him. 

Another highlight of the Aussie weekend will be Mildura’s four-race “State of Origin” series on Friday night where some of South Australia’s best take on a batch of Victorian stars. 

The SA team consists of Greg Sugars, Kate Gath, Wayne Hill, Jayden Brewin and Danielle Hill. 

While Team Victoria is: Chris Alford, Gavin Lang, Kerryn Manning, Luke Watson and Darby McGuigan.

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