Tiger terrific again

By Adam Hamilton

TIGER Tara is loving life back at home, albeit briefly.

The NZ Cup runner-up arrived back at his NSW base early Tuesday and trainer Kevin Pizzuto is thrilled he can now stay home until next Thursday instead of having to be in Melbourne by Monday.

“I’m so pleased they change it. It was going to be a big ask on him to be home a few days, then do the road trip to Melbourne,” Pizzuto said.

“Now he’ll get more than a week back here and I get to give him his final fast workout at home as well. I’ll fast work him next Wednesday then head to Melbourne the next day.”

Tiger Tara followed his phenomenal NZ Cup run with one of the worst runs of his career in the NZ FFA won by Cruz Bromac.

Pizzuto said straight after the race it was his own fault for allowing Tiger Tara the indulge in too much green grass in between the Cup and the free-for-all.

“He was bloated, plain and simple,” he said. “He’s been great since and we just have to put that run behind us, as disappointing as it was at the time.

“He travelled back well and seems good at home.”

Tiger Tara remains the Aussie TAB favourite for the Inter Dominion5 final at $4.50 from Cruz Bromac ($5.50), San Carlo and Shadow Sax ($6.50) then Let it Ride at $7.

“I’m sure he’s the one to beat,” Pizzuto said. “He’s proven at this level so much more than most of these horses.”

The barrier draws for the first round of heats will be done at 3pm Melbourne time on Monday.

The first round of heats are at Melton on Saturday week then round two at Ballarat on December 4, the third round at Cranbourne on December 8 and the Grand Final at Melton on December 15.

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