Day At The Track

Tiger tempted by Queensland Carnival

04:27 AM 13 Jun 2017 NZST
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Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy

The McCarthy name is synonymous in Queensland harness racing circles.

A decade of dominance in the Sunshine State will leave an effect.

It must.

And it has.

From John being the leading trainer and producing plenty of star performers following moving his young family from Bathurst, his three boys all commenced their race driving careers in Queensland and the rest is history.

And now the youngest member of the famous clan will return and looks set to play a leading hand in the state’s biggest event, the Gr.1 $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake at Albion Park on July 15.

Fresh from success with outstanding pacer Tiger Tara in the Gr.3 $31,800 Garrards Golden Mile at TABCORP Park, Menangle last Saturday, Todd McCarthy and trainer Kevin Pizzuto are eyeing the Brisbane riches.

“He was absolutely super on Saturday night and felt like the old Tiger Tara, I was thrilled with the way he performed and now Brisbane is on the radar. I know Kev has mentioned it previously and following that performance, it must be seriously considered because he’s right in the mix.” McCarthy said.

Starting from a second-line draw, Tiger Tara nosed out Mach Doro while race favourite Lennytheshark weakened to third after leading in a time of 1:52.6.

It was first start since finishing 7th in the Bulli Cup at Menangle behind Lennytheshark in 1:49.6 back on April 29.

Prior to that start, the Bettors Delight six-year-old won his previous five starts.

“He was really sharp the other night and gave me a great feel in the warm-up and I thought he raced super, Mach Doro is a much underrated type while Lenny is a champion so that underlines the effort.

“He’s got the Len Smith Mile before Brisbane and that should be another great race too because there’s plenty of nice types chasing that race but I wouldn’t be swapping right now. I would say he’s one of the best horses I’ve driven in my time, that’s for sure.

“I think the main race will suit him up there and I’m looking forward to driving at Albion Park again, it’s a great track with special memories.”

Tiger Tara has now won 20 of his 65 starts while banking more than $880,000.

With Tiger Tara a ‘likely’ Queensland winter carnival contender; it will see Todd pitted against his older brother Luke once again who has a commitment to millionaire pacer Bling It On who is already based in Brisbane.

And just like they’ve done numerous times prior, they could end up with a one/two result.

Just like in the Golden Mile.

Chris Barsby

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