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    AMBITIOUS plans have been laid out for promising pacer Rackemup Tigerpie following his victory in Ballarat last night. Racing in sensational form this campaign,... Tiger set to stalk key features

    AMBITIOUS plans have been laid out for promising pacer Rackemup Tigerpie following his victory in Ballarat last night.

    Racing in sensational form this campaign, Rackemup Tigerpie proved too slick for a solid field in the Lightning Sprint.

    Stretching his record to 10 wins and two placings from his last 13 starts, Rackemup Tigerpie has been put on a path towards several majors in the New Year.

    Beginning with the Ballarat Cup on January 19, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven will then tackle the Four-Year-Old Bonanza at Tabcorp Park Melton the following week.

    Should all go according to trainer Michael Stanley’s plans, Rackemup Tigerpie will then head to Menangle for the Chariots Of Fire on February 16.

    “He has done a great job this time in and deserves a shot at some of the better races,” Stanley said. “It will be another step up, but given what he has shown so far, I can’t see any reason why he won’t handle it and at least be competitive.

    “I will find one more run for him somewhere before the Ballarat Cup.”

    With Stanley in the cart during his latest win, Rackemup Tigerpie led throughout from barrier four to account for Motu Gatecrasher and Let It Ride.

    Rating 1:52.1 over 1710 metres, the four-year-old’s time was just three-tenths of a second outside Beach Surge’s track record.

    “I figured if I could lead and run about 1:52 it would make it too hard for the others to get around him and that’s what he did,” Stanley said.

    “He won six of his last eight starts for Dad (Ian) before he came here, but being able to work with other horses and having them push him at home has really helped him improve.

    “With more racing and experience he should continue to get better.”

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