Megablast set for Melbourne trial
Talented Pukekohe Park stayer Megablast will be sent on a scouting trip to Australia next month with a view to a return trip across the Tasman later this year.
"We’re going to take him to Melbourne. The idea is to see how he settles in and give him a couple of runs in June as the owners are keen to campaign him over there again in the spring,” trainer Nigel Tiley said.
"He’s going to stay at Michael Kent’s place at Cranbourne and we’ll find out a bit more about the horse there and then he’ll come back and go out to the beach for a while before hopefully going back.”
Megablast is pencilled in to make his Victorian debut over 2050 metres at Moonee Valley on June 17.
"All going well, he’ll kick off there and then we plan to back him up a week later over 2500 metres at Flemington,” Tiley said.
The five-year-old son of Shinko King, who will have a preparatory run in Saturday’s Open 1600m race at Ellerslie, is booked on a flight to Australia on June 11.
"All the better Melbourne horses will be up in Brisbane so it is the ideal opportunity for him to run around in a couple of handicaps and get the feel of the place,” Tiley said.
"He’s a versatile horse and while some of his best winning form has been on wet tracks, I think that’s because he was just that much better than the others. He doesn’t mind better ground.”
Megablast has won six of his 20 starts and he has also finished runner-up in the Gr.2 Avondale Cup, third in the Gr.3 Waikato Cup and fourth in both the Gr.1 Auckland Cup and the Gr.3 SsangYong Counties Cup. – NZ Racing Desk.