AUSTRALIAN Pacing Gold purchase Max Delight has been crowned Tasmania Horse of the Year.
As an addition to the top gong, Max Delight also captured the Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding of the Year Award.
The prestigious title was bestowed upon the son of Bettors Delight during the Tasmanian Harness Racing Awards and Hall of Fame dinner during the weekend.
Owned by Michael Maxfield, Max Delight’s stellar season including victories in the Tasmania and New South Wales Derbys and the Breeders Crown Final in Melton.
Prepared by David Aiken, the colt won nine of his 16 starts for the term, with three placings and $299,310 also to his credit.
Last month Max Delight was also named Australian Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding of the Year.
Horseman Ben Yole was also a dual winner.
Recognised as the state’s premier trainer for the fourth consecutive season, Yole was also the recipient of the Halwes Medal.
Yole’s term included a record 181 wins on the Apple Isle, eclipsing his previous Tasmanian record of 127 from 2017/18.
Mark Yole won the Leading Driver Award with 88 wins, while Conor Crook won his second Junior Driver Award with 31 wins.
Respected veterinarian Stephen King, who has attending harness racing meetings 40 years was honoured with the Edgar Tatlow Medal.
In other horse awards:
Colby Sanz was named Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding of the Year (three wins from seven starts).
Blame It On Me is the Two-Year-Old Filly of the Year Award (five wins from seven starts).
Still Hungover was saluted as the Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year Award (four wins from seven starts).
Twenty Two Karat was named Mare of the Year.
Ignatius was recognised as the Four-Year-Old and Older Entire/Gelding of the Year Award.