Tiger Tara looks set to continue his tremendous three-year-old season after effortlessly downing North American import Johny Rock at the Ashburton trials today.
The Geoff Dunn trained three-year-old led the two horse trial early, before taking a trail behind the 1-48 pacer at around the 1000 metre mark. He then peeled out in the home stretch and raced away to win by two lengths in an impressive time of 2-59.3 for the 2400 metre journey.
Johny Rock, a four-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, was anxious in the warm up and needed to have his sulky replaced after double-barrowing it during his prelude.
Classy comeback pacer Smolda was also supposed to compete in the C4 & faster heat, but was scratched due to the small field. He is now likely to go the Motukarara workouts on Saturday before making his much awaited resumption in the Group 3 Rose Dankin Summer Cup at Addington on Friday January 31st.
Meanwhile, The Jazzman, who was an expensive purchase for Tim Butt out of the barn of Ken Odgers, was also very impressive at the trials and looks one to follow during the two-year-old season.
In other news, more than capable three win trotter Trouble Whiz has died after suffering from
The Brylin Boyz five-year-old was treated by vets for dehydration after travelling down from Auckland to Blenhiem with stablemate Lewy Risk, but died the next day.
Trouble Whiz was second on Show Day in his last start in the South Island, before travelling to Auckland for a three start campaign.
By Mitchell Robertson