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Kev ready for his next challenge

He has trained over 600 winners in his 26 years as a trainer however Kevin Pizzuto is about to embark on one of his biggest quests to date.

Kev ready for his next challenge

He has trained over 600 winners in his 26 years as a trainer however Kevin Pizzuto is about to embark on one of his biggest quests to date.

Pizzuto will be the only Australian trainer with a representative in next Tuesday’s New Zealand Cup with his stable star Tiger Tara.

That journey begins later this evening as the pair are due to board a flight across to the Shaky Isles.


And the reports from the Pizzuto camp on Tiger Tara are strong.

“He is as good as gold,” Pizzuto said on Monday.

Tiger Tara had his final hit-out in preparation for the NZ Cup at Menangle last Saturday night and won.

Tiger Tara lived up to his $1.20 favouritism (NSW TAB) and took out the Group 3 Nick Robin Memorial, his seventh Group victory since he began racing in Australia last February.

The former Kiwi pacer was purchased by Sydney interests earlier this year and since arriving has competed at the highest level winning 11 of his 19 starts on Australian soil.

Before leaving NZ, Tiger Tara raced in a number of feature races including last year’s NZ Cup where he finished second-placed to Lazarus.

A few days after this Tiger Tara finished third to Lazarus in the NZ Free-For-All and the pair have not met since.

For their next clash the odds are on Lazarus’ side being the TAB Fixed Odds short-priced favourite at $1.45 for the NZ Cup while Tiger Tara is at more generous odds of $15.

“It’s not going to be easy,” Pizzuto claimed.

“Lazarus is a good horse and they are all good horses, it really comes down to whoever gets the right run.

“All I know is my horse is good enough, it will be just the luck of the draw and I just hope he gets around safely.”

Top Sydney reinsman Todd McCarthy will retain his drive on Tiger Tara and he will be hopeful of emulating Kerryn Manning’s result with Arden Rooney in the 2015 NZ Cup.

Manning ended a 28-year NZ Cup drought for Australian-trained pacers, with Australia’s previous winner being My Lightning Blue in 1987.

As for Tiger Tara, Pizzuto will base him at Mitchell Kerr’s property in Rangiora during this campaign.

Pizzuto is undecided whether he will keep Tiger Tara in the country for the NZ Free-For-All at Addington on November 10 if the pacer qualifies.

“I’m not 100 per cent sure what I will do with him yet, I will see how he goes in the Cup first,” Pizzuto said.

“I have flights booked for him on Thursday and also on Saturday so I have the option to stay or go.”

Tiger Tara is also nominated for the Inter Dominion series in Perth which starts later this month.

Pizzuto has a number of horses nominated for this year’s series including Tiger Tara, Code Black and Egodan.


Harness Racing NSW




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