The $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) is a potential target for Delectation in the new season after the Chris Waller trained two-year-old scored his third straight victory this preparation.
Improving his record to three wins from six starts, Delectation lowered the colours of hot-favourite Inkling, charging from the tail of the field to defeat stablemate Wine Tales with Inkling third at Rosehill Gardens.
Delectation was eased to the tail of the small field by jockey Jason Collett and despite resenting the slow speed, still proved he was the strongest horse, producing impressive late sectionals to remain unbeaten this campaign.
“He keeps stepping up to the mark,” Waller said.
“He keeps rising in the weights and taking the next step. He has been a bit of a surprise.
“We’ll have to have a look at the Golden Rose now – I guess it’s an option, but maybe he’s got a bit too much speed for that race. We’ll have a good look at all of the options for him before we make any decision.”
Delectation is by Shamardal out of More Than Ready mare Grace And Power and was purchased for $250,000 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale on the advice of Mulcaster Bloodstock.