Tiger's terrific draw
By Adam Hamilton
JUST how quick out Tiger Tara really is will be answered an Menangle on Saturday night.
Australasia’s best pacer drew the pole in the first of the two Miracle Mile qualifying sprints, the $100,000 Group 1 Allied Express Sprint (1609m).
“Don’t worry, he’s very fast out when we want to use him,” trainer Kevin Pizzuto boomed.
It’s a fascinating race with noted quick beginner and revitalised veteran Maximan in gate two and NZ Cup winner Thefixer in three.
The other key runners are the All Stars’ Chariots of Fire runner-up Ashley Locaz out in eight and Hunter Cup placegetter San Carlo in 10.
To the surprise of some, emerging four-year-old Picard didn’t gain a run in either sprint. He’s second emergency in both.
The second sprint, the $100,000 Group 1 Canadian Club Sprint, brings together My Alpha Rock (three), Our Uncle Sam (four), Buster Brady (five), Majordan (six), Spankem (seven), Cruz Bromac (eight) and My Field Marshal (nine).
The sprints headline a stellar and huge 12-race card, which also features three heats of the NSW Derby, three heats of the NSW Oaks and the Robin Dundee, a qualifier for the Group 1 Ladyship Mile.
In the Derby heats:
- Centenario holds the key from the pole in the first heat, while stablemate Hurricane Harley (gate five) and Malcolms Rhythm (six) are the threats.
- The All Stars’ Victoria Derby runner-up Im Anothermasterpiece will be cramped odds from gate five. Lochinvar Art is the main threat despite yet another horror draw (gate eight).
- Victoria Derby winner Muscle Factory will have to overcome the outside draw (gate nine) to win the third heat against Demon Delight (five) and War Dan Delight (eight).
In the $50,000 Group 2 Robin Dundee, Our Dream About is a massive player from gate four.
Hardest to beat will be emerging Victorian mare Tell Me Tales from the pole.
It’s great to see the All Stars’ Our Princess Tiffany back from a good draw (gate two) in the third of the Oaks heats.
The second of the Oaks heats should be a ripper clash between Victorian Kualoa (gate three) and Tim Butt’s former Kiwi filly Cheesy Fingers (gate four).