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    LAST season's Renshaw Cup winner Tiger Tara - Photo: Stuart McCormick

    OUTSTANDING pacer Tiger Tara will chase a share of history during the next few weeks. Fresh from his breathtaking victory in tonight’s A G... Tara chasing share of history

    OUTSTANDING pacer Tiger Tara will chase a share of history during the next few weeks.

    Fresh from his breathtaking victory in tonight’s A G Hunter Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton, Tiger Tara has been aimed at the famed Miracle Mile.

    Australasia’s premier sprint is scheduled to be run at Menangle on March 2, with qualifiers for the Grand Circuit event due to be conducted on February 23.

    Should Tiger Tara capture the time-honoured feature, he will become just the third pacer to secure Australia’s big three in the same season.

    The Inter Dominion, Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile have been conducted simultaneously since the latter’s introduction to the racing calendar in 1967.

    Tiger Tara completed the first part of the equation in Melton last December.

    Only Preux Chevalier in 1985 and Village Kid the following season have achieved the feat.

    “I only take it one race at a time with him, so for now he will go home and enjoy a light day or two,” trainer Kevin Pizzuto said. “The Miracle Mile is the obvious next target, but first we’ll get over tonight.”

    With Todd McCarthy holding the reins during his latest triumph, Tiger Tara began quickly to lead from barrier three.

    Just as he did during the Inter Dominion, McCarthy maintaining a record-breaking tempo to give his rivals little chance of capturing the son of Bettors Delight.

    Striding clear of the pack around the home turn, Tiger Tara completed a 14-and-a-half metre win from Our Uncle Sam – the same margin which split the pair for the Inter Dominion quinella!

    San Carlo, which gained a three-wide trail during the latter stages, was 13 metres away third.

    Rating 1:53.2 over 2760 metres, Tiger Tara slashed seven-tenths of a second from the track record he set during the Inter Dominion Final.

    “I can’t say enough about this horse,” Pizzuto said. “He is just a marvel.

    “He goes out and gives it his all every time he races…I just love him.”

    By claiming the Hunter Cup Tiger Tara joined Preux Chevalier as the only two pacers to secure the state’s three majors of the season.

    Last October Tiger Tara annexed the Victoria Cup when also driven by McCarthy.

    With the Inter Dominion hosted on a rotational basis, this is just the sixth time since 1974 – which marked the introduction of the Victoria Cup – the three events have been conducted simultaneously in the state.

    Preux Chevalier annexed the Victoria Cup – known as the Winfield Cup – followed by the Hunter Cup and Inter Dominion at Moonee Valley during the 1984/85 season.

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