STATING he is happy with Tiger Tara’s draw is all colourful trainer Kevin Pizzuto is willing to admit when it comes to discussing tactics for Saturday night’s Victoria Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton.
One of two Pizzuto representatives in the Grand Circuit opener, Tiger Tara will begin from barrier two, with his stablemate, Majordan, to come from the inside of the second row.
It’s the first time since last February Tiger Tara hasn’t drawn the outside of the front row.
Tiger Tara finished third behind Lennytheshark and Ameretto in last season’s edition of the Group One when he came from gate five.
“He might find himself in unfamiliar territory being so close to the pegs at the start but he’ll be right,” Pizzuto said.
“I’m happy with his draw as it gives us options with him, but just what they are will remain quiet until race time.
“I’ll talk to Todd (McCarthy, driver) and work out what’s best but I won’t be giving away anything.”
Fresh from his second behind Majordan at Menangle last weekend, Tiger Tara will improve from the outing according to Pizzuto.
The son of Bettors Delight has had an interrupted preparation after being in Pizzuto’s float which was engaged in a road accident on August 28.
While his injuries were limited to “bumps and bruises”, Tiger Tara missed valuable work and racing.
Pizzuto also suffered cuts and bruises in the accident, while his worker, Karen Crouch, received several broken ribs.
“There is no doubt he will improve from last week,” Pizzuto said. “That was only his third run after a month off so his fitness will be right up.
“I thought he went huge as did Majordan, which was first-up since July 1 and still ran the mile in 1:49.2.
“I couldn’t be happier with his work since, but he will need luck from the draw.”