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    Max delights with another Group One win Max delights with another Group One win

    MAX DELIGHT - Photo Ashlea Brennan

    AT THE start of the season he was considered “a nice handy horse, but probably not quite up to the top ones”. Following his... Max delights with another Group One win

    AT THE start of the season he was considered “a nice handy horse, but probably not quite up to the top ones”.

    Following his victory at Tabcorp Park Melton just moments ago, he is the favourite to be crowned ‘the top one’ when the Australian Horse of the Year awards are announced.

    Even surprising trainer David Aiken with his remarkable term, Max Delight capped off a stellar campaign by capturing a Breeders’ Crown Final.

    The Australian Pacing Gold graduate’s triumph adds to his wins in the New South Wales and Tasmania Derbys.

    Max Delight has won nine of his 16 starts for the season, with three placings and $299,310 also to his credit.

    “He has done a remarkable job,” Aiken said. “I knew was a nice handy horse, but probably not quite up to the top ones is how I rated him at the start of the season.

    “He just hasn’t stopped improving and has pretty much ended the year as the best of his crop.”

    With Todd McCarthy holding the reins Max Delight led throughout from barrier two to score by a metre-and-a-half from Out To Play.

    Malcolms Rhythm – a stablemate of the winner – was two metres away third.

    “That was another good run from him,” Aiken said. “Once he was in front he was always going to be hard to run down and he held them off well.

    “Malcolms Rhythm also did a good job and has kept getting better with each start.”

    Rating 1:55.9 over 2240 metres, Max Delight stretched his record to 12 wins and four placings for a bankroll of $323,970 from 24 starts for owner Michael Maxfield.

    The son of Bettors Delight also provided McCarthy with a clean sweep of the three-year-old Finals, having captured the fillies’ division with No Win No Feed earlier on the program.

    To be given a six-week break Max Delight will then be aimed at next season’s age-restricted majors, including the Chariots Of Fire.

    “He will have a good break now, which he has earned,” Aiken said. “He will come back on a hard mark next season due to the national ratings, but the main four-year-old races is what we’ll be aiming at.”

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