News In Brief
Sir Nate spoils favourite’s party
Sir Nate upset the hot-pot Beastmode in the first juvenile contest of the season at Wanganui on Wednesday.
The son of Nadeem had been beaten by a wide margin when they first met at the Waverley trials last month, but he turned the tables when it mattered in the Vespa standing at Wellfield Lodge 2YO Plate (790m).
“I bought him at Karaka and syndicated him out,” trainer Lisa Latta said. “Some new owners are involved so it’s a great result. He’s a big, strong colt and there’s a heap of improvement in him.”
A $65,000 purchase earlier this year out of Little Avondale Stud’s Select Sale draft, Sir Nate will now head to the paddock.
“We will probably give him a month off and we’d like to think we can get to the Karaka Million, although that’s a long way off yet,” Latta said.
Tiley happy with Megablast
Megablast will strip in good order for Saturday’s Gr.3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Randwick, according to trainer Nigel Tiley.
“He’s done plenty of work,” the Pukekohe Park horseman said. “I’d like to think he’ll run well and then we can get a run in The Metropolitan and decide where we go after that.”
To be ridden in his Sydney debut by Jason Collett, Megablast has won eight races and came off a two-month break to carry 60kg to victory at Ellerslie last time out.
“He was knocking up at the end, but he was entitled to,” Tiley said. “He’ll take natural improvement from the run on Saturday, but I’m very happy with him.”
Kiwi-bred ready for Cameron
Newcastle trainer Kris Lees isn’t too perturbed by the 59kg the former New Zealand Group One winner Sound Proposition will carry on his adopted home track in Friday’s Gr.3 Cameron Handicap (1500m).
“He’s got plenty of weight, but he is a capable horse fresh,” Lees said. “It’s only a small field and I think he’s in for a nice preparation.”
The winner of the 2016 Easter Stakes when trained by Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott, Sound Proposition has been successful at Randwick in both of his starts for Lees.