TOUGH pacer Tiger Tara has “finally” broken his Grand Circuit hoodoo.
Racing at the highest level for the past few seasons, Tiger Tara completed a scintillating win in tonight’s Victoria Cup at Tabcorp Park.
Third in last season’s Cup, Tiger Tara has also run placings in the Inter Dominion, The Blacks A Fake and New Zealand Cup twice.
The stallion will be given a third crack at the latter event as trainer Kevin Pizzuto confirmed Tiger Tara will head across the Tasman next month.
“We’re definitely heading to the New Zealand Cup with him,” Pizzuto said. “He will go home now for another race or two at Menangle, then we go across for the Cup and New Zealand Free-For-All.
“After that he will be back in Melbourne for the Inter Dominion.
“It’s pretty much the same path we took with him last season.”
Driven by Todd McCarthy during his latest win, Tiger Tara worked to the lead from barrier two as the hot favourite, Chicago Bull, settled on his outside.
Striding clear around the home turn the son of Bettors Delight dashed to a 12-and-a-half metre win from a gallant Chicago Bull, with Carlas Pixel a half-head away third.
“What a great run from him,” Pizzuto said. “He’s been through a lot lately with the truck accident we had so it just shows how much heart he’s got.
“After his great run at Menangle last week, and his work in the past few days, I knew he was at his top and would take a lot running down.
“In the end he was just too good for them and did as easily as you’d like.”
Covering the last half in a breathtaking 54 seconds, the eight-year-old rated 1:53.4 over 2240 metres, taking his record to 29 wins and 33 placings from 91 starts for earnings of $1,514,410.