KEEN: Jockey Damian Browne
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Browne's Megablast a good chance

SUNSHINE Coast jockey Damian Browne will feature in the region's richest ever race on Saturday and he hopes recent wet weather will work to his advantage.

He will jump in the saddle at his home track for the $200,000 P.J. O'Shea Stakes aboard New Zealand galloper Megablast.

Although Megablast is only listed as fifth favourite by betting agency Ladbrokes, Browne was hopeful rain earlier in the week would work to the six-year-old gelding's advantage.

"He's a Kiwi horse and has had one run over here (earlier this month) on a track that didn't suit him, on a firmer track,” Browne said.

"With the rain that's been about earlier in the week the track should be a little bit on the wet side which will suit him.

"So I expect him to run well.”

Megablast will come up against tough competition but Browne remained optimistic.

"The race hasn't got a great deal of depth to it this year, but obviously Chris Waller's horse Egg Tart ran well in a Group One race last week, in the Doomben Cup, so she's obviously going to be hard to beat,” he said.

Browne will burst from the gates in a total of seven races at the Moreton Cup Raceday meet.

"It's just nice to have such a big day here,'' he said.

"I guess it's probably the only time it has ever happened and it's probably the only time it will happen so it's a big thing for the Sunshine Coast Turf Club and I just hope it's a great day for them.”



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