A touch of luck for Todd and Tiger needed

1 March 2019



HE’S the best pacer in Australia but even Todd McCarthy admits he’ll probably need something more than that if he is to win Saturday night’s $1m Ainsworth Miracle Mile at Menangle.

While he has cemented a place as Menangle’s premier reinsman, Todd admits he will need a touch of luck if he is to be first home against the best pacers in Australia and New Zealand in the richest race ever run at the south-western Sydney circuit.

“It’s not the ideal gate (seven) and we’ll probably come out and have a bit of a look [for the lead] as will a few of the others,” said Todd.

“But the lead probably won’t be there – although no-one is certain who will lead – we’ll just have to play it by ear and see what happens.”

Yet there is no way McCarthy would swap his drive for anything else in the race.

That’s hardly surprising given he has won the Victoria Cup, the Inter Dominion and the Hunter Cup on Tiger Tara in races where he has dominated the opposition and run most of them off their legs.

Todd is not certain that can occur this weekend.

“It’s one of those races where no-one really knows what is going to happen,” he said.

“There is not a clear standout leader and this is going to be a tricky race.

“Everyone might have the same idea early on that’s there is not a lot of speed and everyone might be thinking they’ll have a bit of a look early.

“We’ll probably be one of those having a bit of a look and we’ll just have to see where that gets us.

“We’ve had a great season with this horse and Kevin [Pizzuto] has done a great job with this horse all season. He does all the work and I only see him on raceday.”

Todd said he would love to be in front but did not expect to get there.

“There’ll be a few wanting to keep us out this time,” he said.

“If we can lob somewhere off the speed we’d probably be happy to stay there and see what happens.

“The first 200-300m is going to tell the story and we just have to hope to be there.

“The ones that settle too far back, unless they run a phenomenal first half and bring the backmarkers into it, otherwise if they just run a nice first half I think it will be the first three or four that will be in the finish.”





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