Tiley’s team on target for Queensland

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Written by Richard Edmunds

Following a successful trans-Tasman raid on last year’s Queensland winter carnival, Nigel Tiley is heading back for more.

The Pukekohe trainer won the Listed Caloundra Cup with Megablast (NZ) (Shinko King {Ire}), who also placed in the G2 PJ O’Shea S. and the G3 Queen’s Cup.

Megablast winning the Listed Caloundra Cup

Megablast is returning to the Sunshine State in 2019 and this time he has plenty of company.

“I’ve got six earmarked to go, which is definitely the biggest team I’ve ever taken over there,” Tiley said. “Four of them will fly over on Friday, then the other two will go the following week.”

“I’ve got six earmarked to go, which is definitely the biggest team I’ve ever taken over there.” – Nigel Tiley.

Megablast and his Group 2 winning stablemate Demonetization (All Too Hard) both resumed in this month’s G2 Easter H. at Ellerslie. The latter was an eye-catching fourth, while Megablast was unplaced but still finished only four and a-half lengths behind the winner Endless Drama (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}).

“Demonetization ran really well in the Easter, but I actually thought they were both pretty good runs,” Tiley said. “Megablast just would have liked a little bit more cut in the ground.

“We’ll target the Brisbane Cup and just pick out a few suitable races on the way through to that.

Demonetization

“We’ll be staying in Caloundra, so we might as well push on to the Caloundra Cup with both horses as well.”

“We’ll target the Brisbane Cup and just pick out a few suitable races on the way through to that.” – Nigel Tiley.

Tiley’s Group 1 hopes will be carried by Standing Ovation (NZ) (Showcasing {GB}), who will be aimed at the G1 Queensland Oaks on May 25.

Standing Ovation has won one of her seven starts, beating the subsequent dual winner Wild Seas (NZ) (Ocean Park {NZ}) at Ellerslie in December.

She has placed in another three and she made up ground late when a close last-start eighth in the G2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic in February.

“She’s booked to head over on Friday and we’ll see if we can get her to the Oaks,” Tiley said.

“We decided to give her a bit more time and target the Queensland Oaks with her.” – Nigel Tiley.

“She’s looked pretty promising in her New Zealand starts so far, but she was just a little bit immature. We decided to give her a bit more time and target the Queensland Oaks with her.”

Standing Ovation

Tiley’s team will be rounded out by the G2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ S. winner Bisou Bisou (Shaft), along with two lower-grade performers.

“Bisou Bisou will go over and we’ll find some races for her, and then she’ll likely stay over there and be served by an Australian stallion,” Tiley said.

“The other two I’m taking are a couple of maiden gallopers.”

Missing from the Queensland team is the 3-year-old Riding The Wave (Malibu Moon {USA}), who made a big impression with back-to-back wins before placing at Ellerslie two weeks ago.

“He’s shown a heap of ability, but I’ve decided to give him a break now.” - Nigel Tiley

“He’s shown a heap of ability, but I’ve decided to give him a break now,” Tiley said.

“He won’t be going over. He’s had five starts in this campaign, so he’s probably done enough for now. We’ll look forward to bringing him back next season.”