A RETURN trip to Tasmania is on the cards for rising star Shelby Bromac.
Successful in the state’s Pacing Cup in Hobart tonight, Shelby Bromac could be sent back across Bass Strait for next month’s Easter Cup.
Trainer David Aiken has earmarked the $75,000 feature as an “ideal target”, with a decision to be made after the son of Bettors Delight is given a freshen-up at his Victorian base.
“The Easter Cup looks like an ideal target for him and is on the radar,” Aiken said. “For now I will just get him home give him a few easy days and go from there.
“It is more than likely he will be back in Tasmania before too long.”
Driven by Kima Frenning, Shelby Bromac began poorly from the front row but was eventually able to work his way to the lead.
Challenged by fellow Victorian, War Dan, along the home straight, Shelby Bromac fought on for a two-metre win.
Star Chamber, which won the 2014 Cup, was five-and-a-half metres away third after beginning from a 30-metre back mark.
Boasting five wins and fourth from six Australian starts, Shelby Bromac rated 2:01.9 for the 2579-metre stand.
“Kima said he felt a lot better tonight,” Aiken said. “Last week he didn’t pace all that crash hot but was still only beaten by three metres.
“I shod him a bit different during the week and it the trick.”
Aiken then completed a feature double when Max Delight captured the Derby.
With Todd McCarthy in the cart, Max Delight was never fully extended as he led throughout to score by 20 metres from Resurgent Storm, with Awayandrideyourself a metre away third.
Triumphant in the New South Wales Derby at his previous start, the Australian Pacing Gold purchase rated 1:59.1 over 2579 metres to complete a Blue Riband double.
“Todd said he was only jogging,” Aiken said. “I realise he was down in class compared to the New South Wales Derby, but he did it easily and in reasonable time
“He’ll also have a short break when he gets home before I get him ready for the New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge in June.”