Highly capable West Melton trainer Geoff Dunn was confident Tiger Tara would be competitive in tonight’s NRM Sires Stakes heat at Addington, but he didn’t quite expect him to win.
“I knew he would go a good race but I didn’t think he was ready to beat the likes of Isaiah and Regulus,” said Dunn. “He was a nice two-year-old but he has come back an even better three-year-old,” he added.
“He used to be quite field shy, but now he has got better in that respect so I have been able to make a few changes and open him up a bit, which seems to have helped.”
Tiger Tara resumed at Rangiora last week with an impressive win, hinting that he was ready for tonight’s assignment.
Tonight the son of Bettor’s Delight was sent forward early by driver Gerard O’Reilly, before landing the trail. He then came out inside Regulus when he made a forward move and nestled into the one-one, before pouncing again in the straight.
Someardensomewhere fought gamely to finish second after leading up, while Regulus was also good in third.
The disappointment of the race was favourite Isaiah who battled into fourth after receiving a beautiful run in the trail.
“Gerard drove him to perfection,” said Dunn. “It is usually a family that keeps on getting better so I’d suggest he will be even better later on in the season.”
Tiger Tara and Someardensomewhere are now both guaranteed spots in the $180,000 Final on Cup Day.
Tiger Tara is co-owned by the Sandfords, who along with Dunn, also race superstar filly Venus Serena.
By Mitchell Robertson