Pizzuto aims for Victoria Cup

19 September 2018 04:45:35 EST

Back on the track for the first time since being hurt in an accident a month ago, Tiger Tara will need to overcome a tough draw at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday.

The tough pacer is being lined up for a crack at the Victoria Cup on 13th October by trainer Kevin Pizzuto.

Tiger got knocked around a little, but he's fine and ready to get back into it.

Kevin Pizzuto

It's not an easy road, though, as he missed valuable work while recovering from the serious accident on 28th August.

Tiger Tara was one of several stable members in Pizzuto's float which was involved in the accident, in which staff member Karen Crouch sustained broken ribs. The horses escaped with minor cuts and bruises.

"Tiger got knocked around a little, but he's fine and ready to get back into it," said Pizzuto, who also received bumps and bruises in the accident. "Now I've just got to get him fit and ready for the Victoria Cup."

Pizzuto aims to give the eight-year-old New Zealand import a few outings ahead of what is the premier middle distance harness race of Australia.

Speaking of the accident, which happened three days after Tiger Tara's most recent appearance at Menangle, Pizzotto said: "We are all getting there slowly but getting there, which is the main thing. It's been a tough few weeks."

Tiger Tara has won 28 times in his 87 starts, for $532,929 in stakemoney.

The Bettor's Delight - Tara Gold's runner returns to the track on Saturday needing to overcome a tough draw in a 1609m event. He's drawn the outside of the front row under the preferential draw conditions.

Pizzuto, who also has Bevans Cullen and Lola Jones in the race, said Tiger Tara would need to have "another gut buster" from barrier 10.

"The free-for-alls are constantly being run under preferential draws which means he is copping the worst draw each week," he added.

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