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Scenic Blast Trackwork At Nakayama
In Japan, newly-crowned Australian Horse-Of-The-Year & current Global Sprint Challenge leader Scenic Blast (Scenic-Daughter's Charm, by Delgado) "jogged 1.25-laps & cantered-galloped 0.75-lap" at Nakayama Race Course ridden by Australian trainer Dan Morton, reported japanracing.jp. Scenic Blast is preparing for Sunday's Gr1 Sprinters Stakes (1200mm & 6th leg of the 2009 Global Sprint Challenge) & Morton commented: "As far as the race goes I think there should be good speed in this race, which generally suits our horse, and if he's just off the pace in mid-field, I believe he'll be good enough to finish it & win. I've seen the form of the Japanese horses, but they were a little bit hard to line up. I've watched the videos of the Sprinter's Stakes & I've done as much as I can, but I'm just really concentrating on our ride." Questioned about Scenic Blast's "workload seeming to be light in Japan", Morton replied: "He's done most of his speed work before he left England & this close to a race, I wouldn't go too far or too fast. It was just short & sharp today & he's fit & ready. He had 4 weeks in the paddock after the July Cup (in the UK) & after that he probably just did 4 weeks of steady work. And then I started to build him up. He's very fresh for the 1st race after a long rest."