Tiger Tara heads into Inter Dominion as top seeded pacer

Tiger Tara is the early 2018 Inter Dominion favourite. Source: Harness Racing NSW

Tiger Tara goes into the 2018 Inter Dominion as the top seeded pacer, while Speeding Spur will start the trotting series at the top of the tree.

Eight-year-old Tiger Tara, from the Kevin Pizzuto yard, was elevated to top of the rankings after the third update on October 31 and has since produced one of the bravest efforts in defeat in recent times in the Group 1 $800,000 New Zealand Trotting Cup.

Outright favourite with the online bookmakers for the final, Tiger Tara dominated the Pryde’s EasiFeed Victoria Cup last month, scoring a huge victory over then ID18 favourite Chicago Bull.

Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained Cruz Bromac has moved into second on the rankings following his last-start Group 1 win in New Zealand over Turn It Up and Jack’s Legend.

Blacks A Fake Championship winner Let It Ride is the No.3 ranked pacer for trainer Tim Butt.

The five-year-old finished second to Ellmers Image last time out at Menangle beaten 1.3min 1:49.9.

Shadow Sax and San Carlo round out the top five.

New South Wales trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton have paid the late entry fee for former Victorian Maximan to contest the series and handicappers have slotted him into the rankings at No.14.

The top 36 pacers will contest the series, however a Second Acceptance/Continuation Fee is due this Friday and the final pacers to contest ID18 will be revealed on Monday.

In the Trotting Championship Kiwi champion Speeding Spur remains No.1 on the ID18 rankings ahead of Tornado Valley.

However, Andy Gath-trained Tornado Valley is the outright favourite for the series with TAB, with Speeding Spur on the second line from the ever-consistent Kyvalley Blur, who is the No.3 ranked trotter.

Rounding out the top five in the Trotting Championship are The Boss Man and Red Hot Tooth.

The top 24 trotters will contest the series, with final fields to be revealed on Monday following the Second Acceptance/Continuation Fee deadline.