Scream Park will head to New Zealand for a $1 million race despite being beaten at Randwick.
Scream Park will return home to New Zealand for the inaugural Karaka Million 3YO Classic despite being beaten at Randwick.
Trainer Chris Waller was hoping for a third successive win at Randwick on Saturday but Scream Park weakened in the run home and had to settle for fourth in the five-horse field, 2-1/4 lengths behind Aqua D’ivina.
“He’ll go, only just though,” Waller said.
“Obviously when you’re travelling you like to be going with a win next to your name.”
Sydney’s premier trainer was underwhelmed before getting some positive feedback from jockey Hugh Bowman.
“He was a bit of a sitting duck and as they sprinted he was a bit flat footed and as a result it was a plain run,” Waller said.
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“Hugh said don’t be disappointed and he’s a very good judge to have aboard.”
Scream Park, who is eligible for the $1 million race because he was bought at the Karaka sale, will be a first for Waller as the first stable runner he has witnessed in New Zealand since he relocated to Sydney in 2000.
“I had a runner at Riccarton a few years ago,. There hasn’t been many,” he said.
Waller said adding the 3YO Classic to its $1 million equivalent for two-year-olds on January 27 was a smart move, as was moving the meeting to a Saturday.
“They need to get that Magic Millions type of feel. We all know what that’s about in Australia, and most of New Zealand does as well,” he said.
“It’s a great chance for New Zealand to showcase what they’ve got and I think they should put another couple of Group One races on and bring the Aussies over, or other horses from around the world.”