Morton turns to locals for help with Scenic Blast
Star Perth sprinter Scenic Blast had a helping hand from one of Great Britain’s leader trainers at the weekend in preparation for a dual assault on Royal Ascot’s two Group One sprints.
Trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam, a dual-Derby winning trainer, was asked by Danny Morton, who prepares Scenic Blast if he could provide a suitable partner for a workout on the Al Bahathri Polytrack.
"Danny Morton asked if he could work his horse with mine over 1200 metres," Chapple-Hyam said.
"Beforehand, he was worried about being able to lay up but I don’t think he had too many worries."
Scenic Blast, who arrived in Newmarket last week, is a 4-1 with Stan James for the King’s Stand Stakes and a 10-1 chance with Ladbrokes for the Golden Jubilee Stakes this month.
Scenic Blast clinched a trip to England following his outstanding performances during the autumn carnival in Melbourne.
The four-year-old won the Group One Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on January 31 and Group One Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at the same track on March 7.
His ony failure was a luckless fifth to Swiss Ace in the Group One Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 21.