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June 27 US Debut For Aust Star Scenic Blast
Meanwhile multiple Gr1-winning 4YO gelding & 2008-09 Australian Horse-Of-The-Year Scenic Blast (Scenic-Daughter's Charm, by Delgado) is set to make his US debut over 6 furlongs at Hollywood Park in California on June 27 for trainer John Shirreffs. Managing owner Ellio Galante told The West Australian that Shirreffs "is aiming Scenic Blast at the US$1.2 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (5 furlongs) on November 6" & noted: "I spoke to John last week & he said the horse was going exceptionally well. He is 2 weeks off from having his final fast work out. If all goes to plan, he will have his 1st start at Hollywood Park on June 27. John is so happy with the horse, he sees no reason why he couldn't run in the Breeders." During 2009 Scenic Blast (an $85,000 yearling at the 2006 Magic Millions Perth Premier Sale) won both Australia's Gr1 Crown Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington & Gr1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington, plus the UK Gr1 King's Stand Stakes (5 furlongs) at Royal Ascot; he then contested the last 2 legs of the 2009 Global Sprint Championship in Japan (October) & Hong Kong (December), but suffered a bleeding attack during the Gr1 HK International Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin. The owners then sent him to Shirreffs in California, where the racing rules allow treatment with Lasix (which reduces the effects of bleeding in the lungs). Scenic Blast was given "2 months in the spelling paddock on his arrival in the US last January to allow him to fully recover from his arduous Northern Hemisphere trip" before beginning work at the Shirreffs stable at Hollywood Park.