Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley has experienced plenty of success in Queensland over the last few years and he is returning to the Sunshine State in a bid to collect some more winter spoils.
Tiley had a successful campaign last year, spearheaded by grey galloper Megablast.
The seven-year-old galloper was victorious in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) and placed in the Group 3 The Queen’s Cup (3200m) and Group 2 PJ O’Shea Stakes (2200m) at the Sunshine Coast.
While pleased with last year’s result, Tiley is hoping for a smoother campaign this year after injury last year ruled out early targets the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) and Group 3 Tatts Cup (2200m).
“It will be a similar path to last year,” Tiley said.
“He had a pretty interrupted campaign after we had a scare when he bruised his sesamoid. We missed a couple of targets with him, but we managed to resurrect him and get him right for the Caloundra Cup.”
Tiley will set-up a satellite base in Queensland for the winter where Megablast will be joined by five stablemates.
“I am taking six horses over – Megablast, Demonetization, Bisou Bisou, Standing Ovation and a couple of maideners,” Tiley said.
Megablast will likely clash with talented galloper Demonetization in many of his winter assignments and Tiley said he is happy with both horses after they finished 14th and fourth respectively in the Group 2 Easter Handicap (1600m) at Ellerslie last start.
“I thought they both went very well (in the Easter Handicap) considering the track was too firm for both of them, so I thought both runs had plenty of merit,” Tiley said.
“Demonetization is pretty much going to follow the same path as Megablast, the Brisbane Cup and possibly the Caloundra Cup, we will just see how he comes up.”
Meanwhile, Standing Ovation and Bisou Bisou will also have black-type targets in store.
“Standing Ovation’s main aim will be the Queensland Oaks (2400m) and Bisou Bisou, we will just try and get more black-type for her over there because she will stay in Australia and go to stud.”