Megastar Heart All Heart in Oxlade Stakes

Mark Smith - Saturday 15th June

The 2023 NZB Ready To Run Sale topper, Megastar Heart, made another repayment when opening his stakes account with an incredibly courageous performance in Saturday's Listed SEN Oxlade Stakes (1300m) at Eagle Farm.

James McDonald travelled four wide the trip on the son of Star Turn, who refused to yield to the I Am Invincible colt Embassy for a hard-fought win by a head.

The winner's stablemate Depth Of Character(Deep Field) was two and a quarter lengths back in third.

Sensationally backed, Megastar Heart advances his record to two wins and a second from four starts for Annabel Neasham, who said she is hopeful the colt will remain in Australia.

"He’s a beautiful colt, and I just have to persuade his owner to keep him in Australia for another year before whisking him off to Hong Kong,” Neasham said.

It was always going to be tricky from that draw and we didn’t necessarily want to lead because he was up on the speed last start.

“He’s still quite green, and we thought there’d be something to follow up. We left it up to James and he felt there was not enough speed to go back so he conceded to being three-wide if he had to be and still managed to look like he’d tuck in and get a bit of cover.

“I think he’s a really nice colt and he’ll be better again next year. He’s just very natural. I’ll be interested to see what James says because he’s obviously ridden a lot of the nice ones.

“I’d say this is well up there with one of the nicest two-year-olds I’ve had.”

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