Australian horse of the year Scenic Blast has arrived in Japan as his preparation continue for the Group 1 Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday.
The West Australian galloper is the leader in the Global Sprint Challenge and after a 15-hour flight from London he landed at Narita Airport before being transported to the JRA Horseracing School Quarantine Centre.
“His condition is very good,â€ Scenic Blastâ€™s trainer Dan Morton told japanracing.jp.
â€œHe has adjusted well to the change in environment.”
There is plenty at stake for Scenic Blast in the Sprinters Stakes with the sprinter in line for the $US1 million bonus for winning three legs of the Global Sprint Challenge.
He has already claimed the Group I Lightning Stakes in January at Flemington and the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
The Sprinters Stakes is run over 1200m at Nakayama with more than $2.5 million in prizemoney on offer.
Australiaâ€™s recently retired champion sprinter Takeover Target won the Sprinters Stakes in 2006 on his way to claiming the Global Sprint Challenge.