Locally trained horse, Megablast, was named Pukekohe Park’s 2017 Horse of the Year at a recent celebration.
The award adds yet another feather to the cap of the six year old grey after excellent performances at a number of prestigious race events this year, including second at Moonee Valley (Australia), second in the Avondale Cup and fourth in the Auckland Cup.
Pukekohe based trainer Nigel Tiley says the son of Shinko King, owned by Dianne and John Bowbyes, is the complete package. “He’s just so easy to work with. He’s rated at 97, so he’s in the top bracket of horses in New Zealand. There’s no thrills with him. He just does everything we ask of him.”
It’s been a great story so far, with Megablast accumulating prizemoney of over $200,000 to date and achieving a win strike rate of more than 33%. And the future is looking even brighter. Megablast has been nominated to participate in this year’s Melbourne Cup. “A win at the Metropolitan Handicap would guarantee Megablast an automatic entry into the Melbourne Cup. So that’s the key goal for us”, adds trainer Nigel.