Derby ambitions for Demonetization
Pukekohe Park trainer Nigel Tiley has set his sights on the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) with his promising three-year-old Demonetization after his impressive win in the Haunui Farm 3YO (1200m) at Pukekohe Park on Friday.
Ridden by Jason Waddell, he travelled three-wide the trip before tackling his opposition in the last 150m on the heavy surface.
"He’s got a big future this horse, he’s a quality animal,” Tiley said.
"I was a little worried (about the heavy track), but I know he has got a bit of quality and I think that is what helped him. He’s probably just a bit better than the others.
"He has sort of switched on since his trial at Ruakaka and Jason got off him and said this is a real horse, so we have got a bit to look forward to I think.
"He’s the sort of horse that I’d like to think we can set for the Derby. I know it is very early, but he’s just a quality animal with a great pedigree.”
Demonetization is a graduate of the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs where the son of All Too Hard and the Zabeel mare Midnight Special was purchased by Auckland-based Narendra Balia for $220,000.
Megablast heading to Cup
Megablast has pulled up well after his eighth-placing in the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings on Sunday according to his trainer Nigel Tiley.
The Shinko King gelding, who failed to fire in a recent Melbourne spring campaign, is now set to target the Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m) next month.
"He pulled up very well and went out to Catherine Cleghorn at the beach,” Tiley said. "He’ll have a week to ten days out there and we’ll probably bring him back and head to Christchurch.”