Rising staying star Megablast is thriving ahead of the sternest challenge of his brief career.

The five-year-old has thrilled trainer Nigel Tiley with his progress toward this Saturday’s Gr.3 Ssangyong Counties Cup on his home track at Pukekohe Park.

Megablast has a near impeccable record for his trainer with two wins and a second since joining his team and the gelding has done particularly well since his most recent runaway success at Trentham.

“He had a couple of days in the paddock after Wellington and then he spent some time at the beach before he came back to the stable,” Tiley said.

He will be surprised if the son of Shinko King doesn’t give another bold account of himself at the weekend.

“He’s a very progressive horse and he gets in very well at the weights for the cup,” Tiley said.

“I’m hoping the rain stays around for a little bit longer for him as well.”

Megablast won four of his 11 starts for Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers before he transferred to Tiley’s operation.

He cruised to victory at Ellerslie in his first appearance from his new quarters, he finished second to Pacorus in his open class debut in the Mitchelson Cup and then accounted for his former stablemate Zentangle at Trentham last time out.

Meanwhile, another hot prospect in the Tiley stable is building up for his return to racing.

Bao Shan Magic has had two wins and two seconds from his four appearances and he has had an easy time since he came back from a three month break to finish runner-up at Ellerslie in September.

“He had a tough run first-up on a heavy track,” Tiley said. “We’ve freshened him and he’ll be ready to race in a couple of weeks.” – NZ Racing Desk.

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