CONNECTIONS of star pacer Tiger Tara hope he can celebrate a pair of milestones on a high note at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.
Poised to compete in a 2300-metre free-for-all, Tiger Tara will be having his 100th start.
Along with reaching his century, the recent Inter Dominion winner joined the ranks of fatherhood today.
Bred by Tiger Tara’s trainer Kevin Pizzuto, a filly from Proven R made her way into the world.
“We have his first foal which was born this morning,” Pizzuto said. “I served three mares with him so we’ve still got a couple more to come.
“With a bit of luck we will get at least one colt as well. If his kids can show half the heart he’s got they will be stars.”
As for his pending assignment, Tiger Tara will begin from his traditional draw – barrier 10 – the outside of the front row.
With the exception of last season’s Miracle Mile series, Tiger Tara has began from the outside of the front at the venue since July 2017.
Add second row draws to the equation and Tiger Tara hasn’t drawn closer to the pegs on the front row since April 2017!
“As long as the draws are being done on prize money he will be out wide,” Pizzuto said. “It’s something he’s just gotten used to.
“I basically don’t have to look at the fields to know where he will be starting from.
“Over 2300 metres he at least has a little more time to work into the race, which is what will be done with him on the weekend.
“We won’t be overtaxing him and might hold him up for one run at them.”
Following this weekend’s outing Tiger Tara will be taken south of the Murray to contest next Saturday night’s Ballarat Cup.
The son of Bettors Delight will then return to Victoria for the A G Hunter Cup on February 2.
“The Ballarat Cup is what we are looking at with him,” Pizzuto said. “After that he has the Hunter Cup then the Miracle Mile Carnival at Menangle.”