Chris Waller believes Delectation could emerge as a Stradbroke Handicap contender following his impressive victory in the Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint at Royal Randwick.
The three-year-old son of Shamardal settled at the tail of the field in the 1200m dash before weaving through his rivals in the straight and holding on to defeat Bring Me The Maid and Rekindled Power.
Delectation returned to Sydney after competing in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap last start and while he is not the finished article, his trainer believes he can reach a higher level.
“Things haven’t really gone his way, he is a difficult horse but full credit to Hugh Bowman, he is an accomplished horse man and he made this horse look easy today,” Waller said.
“He has been a very frustrating horse to day the least. It was a good win today. We’ve got Mr Lai here from Macau and he is a big supporter of ours. We are very proud to deliver him a winner.”
“Hugh Bowman has done a fantastic job with this horse, he is a very tough horse to ride. The horse has pacifiers which help sedate the horse, help him settle and he finished the race off well.”
Waller said he would consult Bowman in the coming days before potentially launching a raid on the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.
“Great win, there was a lot of pace early which helped him to relax,” Bowman said.
“His inability to relax has often proved his downfall in the past, he just goes too hard.”
“Once he settled today, he was always going to be hard to beat.”
Delectation was purchased by Mulcaster Bloodstock for Mr C Lai at the 2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale for $250,000.