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Megablast captures Caloundra Cup

  • Sat, 30 Jun 2018
  • Mark Oberhardt

Multiple Group One-winning trainer Nigel Tiley produced a top performance to get his first Australian stakes win when Megablast won today's Listed Caloundra Cup.

And jockey Damian Browne put a tumultuous week behind him to guide Megablast to a three-length win over First Crush, with three-quarters of a length to the favourite Tradesman in third.

Browne has won seven stakes races on Caloundra Cup day in the past eight years and again showed why he is the premier jockey at the track with a superb ride. He has won three Sunshine Coast Guineas, three Caloundra Cups and a Glasshouse Sprint.

He was suspended for two months last week on a handling charge from a meeting on June 1 and has been riding on a stay.

"I have maintained my innocence and will be appealing. It has been hard to concentrate during the week," Browne said.

While Brown deserved plenty of accolades, so did Tiley, who had to miss the Brisbane Cup and Tattersall's Cup with Megablast after the gelding knocked a sesamoid.

"He didn't miss much work and we have been able to put plenty into him for today," Tiley said. "All he needed was a shower of rain. The rain we had here earlier in the week really played into his hands."

A stakes win in Australia may have been a first for Tiley as a trainer, but he was a multiple Group-winning jockey at Australian carnivals. In 1982 he had an outstanding autumn carnival winning the Tancred and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Prince Majestic), Doncaster and All Aged Stakes (My Gold Hope) and the Sydney Cup (Azawary).