MULTIPLE feature winner Max Delight moved a step closer to adding another major to his tally thanks to his victory at Tabcorp Park Menangle today.
First-up since capturing the Tasmania Derby on March 16, Max Delight secured a New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge heat.
Expected to “improve quite a bit” from the outing, the David Aiken-trained colt will return to the 1400-metre circuit for next week’s semi-finals.
Should all go according to plan the Australian Pacing Gold purchase will then contest the $150,000 Final on June 30.
“That was a pretty handy first-up run from him,” Aiken said. “He’d been up for a while and did a bit of travelling as well during the summer so he needed the break.
“The time off has done him the world of good and he will certainly improve quite a bit from that run.
“I’ll just keep his work up before we go back to Menangle for the semis.”
Driven by Todd McCarthy, Max Delight worked to the lead from barrier eight as Wolf Stride was eased to take a trail.
Allowed to roll along at a steady tempo, the son of Bettors Delight scored by five metres from Wolf Stride, with Star Major 10 metres away third.
Covering the mile in a slick 1:51.8, Max Delight’s time was three-tenths of a second quicker than The Texas Ranger in the following qualifier.
Trained and driven by Brad Hewitt, The Texas Ranger caused an upset as a $34 outsider when he accounted for Lets Go To Brazil and Ginger Micky.
Also bred and owned by Hewitt, the three-year-old stretched his record to three wins and four placings from 10 starts.