NEXT month’s Inter Dominion is in danger of losing its top ranked contender for the second time.
Three weeks ago Chicago Bull, which had been at the top of the table since the outset, was scratched following a freak accident.
Chicago Bull suffered an anaphylactic shock to treatment, which resulted in him fracturing his withers.
The withers are located above and behind the horse’s shoulders, near its shoulder blades, with the long thoracic vertebrae supporting its head and neck.
In Chicago Bull’s case, he has fractured six vertebrae.
Before the gelding’s accident trainer Gary Hall had already express the likelihood of Chicago Bull bypassing the Championship in preference for his home state riches in January.
“Heats of $30,000 going into a $500,000 Final are just not a strong enough drawcard,” Hall said.
Following Tiger Tara’s run in Christchurch yesterday New South Wales horseman Kevin Pizzuto revealed he is considering Hall’s path with his stable star.
Like Hall, Pizzuto referred to the prize money on offer in Perth as a major factor behind his possible decision to scratch Tiger Tara from the Inter Dominion.
Tiger Tara replaced Chicago Bull as the top pacers during the third rankings released by Harness Racing Victoria on October 31.
“At this stage the Inter Dominion is doubtful,” Pizzuto said. “At best it is a 50/50 chance he will be there.
“I’m weighing up the fact he’s got to race four times in a fortnight and the money is not that good.
“I can keep him fresh and race him at Menangle for the same money as the heats and then have him better prepared for the Western Australia and Fremantle Cups in January.
“He gets home from New Zealand on Tuesday and I’ll make a decision later in the week.”
Heats of the Inter Dominion are scheduled to begin at Tabcorp Park Melton on December 1, with The Final to be conducted at Melton on December 15.
Programmed for January 11, the Fremantle Cup has a $300,000 stake, with the WA Cup offering $450,000 a week later.