Australia's Scenic Blast Headed to U.S.

Gelding will be trained by John Shirreffs in California.

Australian Horse of the Year Scenic Blast will be sent to the United States to continue his racing career, senior part-owner Elio Galante told Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper. The 5-year-old Scenic gelding will be trained by California-based John Shirreffs.

According to the Herald Sun, Scenic Blast is banned from racing in Australia for three months after bleeding in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) Dec. 13 and finishing last in a field of 14. The gelding will be able to race in this country while being treated with furosemide (Salix), which is used to prevent exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage.

Scenic Blast has won eight of his 21 career races. He is a two-time group I winner in Australia. Earlier this year, he journeyed to Europe, where he scored in the King’s Stand Stakes (Eng-I).