Tiger Tara on the prowl

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Roaring his way back . . . Tiger Tara (centre) paces boldly to win the 2014 Hannon Memorial ahead of Four Starzzz Flash (left) and Pure Power (right). PHOTO: MATT SMITH
If history is anything to go by, Tiger Tara should be very tough to bowl in the $25,000 Hannon Memorial feature pace at Oamaru Racecourse on Sunday.

The Geoff Dunn-trained entire produced arguably the run of the race in last week’s Maurice Holmes Vase at Addington, pushing Locharburn all the way to the line, despite having to cover more ground than the winner.

A quick look at his race record suggests a second placing in the Maurice Holmes Vase has served him well in the past.

Tiger Tara finished second to Christen Me in the 2014 Vase before turning up to Oamaru to win the Hannon Memorial of that year.

Dunn has followed his traditional format with the pacer, giving him two runs at the trials and workouts before bringing him to the race, and that strategy again looks on target.

Tiger Tara’s inside draw from the standing start is the only awkward part for driver Gerard ‘Reilly, although the 6-year-old is pretty sensible behind the barrier strands.

Franco Nelson boomed home for third behind Locharburn and Tiger Tara last week, while the interesting runner is two-time Hannon Memorial winner Franco Ledger, who has not been seen in public since racing in Australia in February.