Megablast will make his Flemington debut on Provincial and Country Raeday. (Image: NZ Racing News)
Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley will back up promising stayer Megablast at Flemington on Saturday.
Currently testing the waters in Victoria ahead of a potential return in the spring, Tiley was delighted by the grey gelding's close-up second at Moonee Valley in his Australian debut last Saturday.
"We've come here (Melbourne) because we're seriously considering bringing him back in the spring and we just wanted to bring him over and see where he sat class-wise and see how he handles the different tracks," Tiley said.
"He handled Moonee Valley very well, so Flemington will be right up his alley I think.
He's come through Saturday's race very well. He has eaten everything we have put in front of him since.
"He's going to back up at Flemington over 2500m and hopefully we'll get a bit of rain on the day to just take a bit of the fire out of the track for him.
"The track (at Moonee Valley) was just a bit too firm for him. He doesn't have that explosive turn of foot when the track is a bit better."
Ben Melham partnered the Shinko King five-year-old at The Valley but will be unavailable this weekend, with Tiley turning to star apprentice Beau Mertens, who is leading the Victorian metro premiership.
"He's having a battle with Craig Williams at the moment for the premiership, so if we were able to give him a winner that would help him that would be nice," said Tiley, who has based himself at the Cranbourne stables of Mick Kent, where Mertens is apprenticed.
A return trip to Melbourne in the spring would likely see Megablast travel via Sydney.
"Tracks get quite hard here (Melbourne) in the spring. It'd be nice to get him to fitness with a little bit of give in the ground. We'd probably look at a race or two in Sydney if we came back," Tiley said.
"Normally I get a good horse and it gets sold, so I don't have too many opportunities to bring a horse like Megablast over.
"I haven't travelled horses for a while, so it's good for me to get my eye back in."