Scenic Blast confirmed for Royal Ascot
Perth’s sprinter Scenic Blast is a confirmed visitor to Royal Ascot for the Group One King’s Stand Stakes.
Trainer Daniel Morton confirmed Scenic Blast, winner of the Group One Newmarket Handicap and Group One Oakleigh Plate during the Melbourne autumn carnival, would run in the King’s Stand Stakes (1000m).
However, he will miss the Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Ascot in June with connections preferring to aim him for the Group One Darley July Cup (1207m) at Newmarket in July.
Flights have been booked for the horse who is due to arrive in May, giving him a month to settle in, before he runs in June at Ascot.
Takeover Target also is scheduled to return for his fourth Golden Jubilee Stakes.
"We’re looking towards the first run on June 16 in the King’s Stand," Morton told Melbourne radio.
"We’ll probably bypass the Jubilee and wait for the July Cup. I don’t feel comfortable backing him up quickly.
"He is a good fresh horse so with a nice break in between that’s what will suit him."
Takeover Target won the King’s Stand in 2004 and was second last year but his stay in Britain was cut short when he sustained an injury.
Confirming the likely international line-up for the meeting, Ascot’s head of PR Nick Smith said: "Scenic Blast is one of Australia’s current top sprinters and he is now coming while Takeover Target is heading here via a race in Singapore.
"Connections are mulling over a trip for Apache Cat, who won a Group One last time out, while another Australian Niconero is in Dubai and would tackle the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes as he qualifies for a bonus if he wins," he told Racing Post.
It is also hoped that Gai Waterhouse, trainer of Tuesday Joy, could return with Northern Meteor while Japan’s Vodka is also a possible runner at Ascot.
Tuesday Joy will run in the Dubai Duty Free (1777m) on Saturday (Sunday AEDT).