Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley is pleased with the way in which Melt has come through her win in the Gr.3 Cambridge Stud Northland Breeders' Stakes (1200m) last Saturday and her next assignment will likely be the Gr.2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) at Hastings on October 6.
“I am quite keen to take the boys on in the Hawke’s Bay Guineas because if she happened to step up and be superior to them, I wouldn’t be adverse to running in the 2000 Guineas,” Tiley said.
Melt is currently rated a $4.50 chance in the Gr.1 Gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) and a $12 chance in the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m).
“The 2000 Guineas is worth half a million, whereas the 1000 Guineas is worth $300,000, so it’s an option that we’ve got.”
Tiley said it also gave him options to run on preferred track conditions should it come up around the Dead range on the opening day of the carnival.