Victoria is in the grips of winter racing but there is some spring dreaming to be done at Moonee Valley this Saturday when the Kiwi horse Megablast has the first of what could be many runs in Melbourne.
The Nigel Tiley-trained Megablast will tackle Saturday's Hanley Plate over 2040 metres comes off a nine-length heavy-track win at Ellerslie.
"It'd probably be fair to say he's a horse that's come through the grades on wet tracks, but in saying that he's also run some pretty good races on firmer tracks against the better opposition we've got at home," Tiley said on Wednesday.
"So we thought we'd bring him over and just see where he sits with these sorts of horses and decide where we go in the spring with him."
Tiley said he has memories of riding at Moonee Valley last century and said he looked forward to his five-year-old tackling the turning course.
"He's very versatile. He's won at Trentham, which is a big, long straight. He's won at Riccarton, which is a big roomy track and so is Ellerslie but he's also won at tracks like New Plymouth and places like that so he's a very versatile horse."
Tiley said he was unsure as to where the horse sat as far as stayers go in Australia but said he had no doubt Megablast could stay a trip.
"We ran him over the two mile (fourth in Auckland Cup) just to see where he sits and he actually battled away really well," Tiley said.
"He was a horse that came a long way in a short time so another six months on him will do him the world of good.
"So, he's had the one go at it (3200m) and he just got nutted for second - it was only the last 100 metres - so you'd think he'd have to improve on that."