Talented sprinter Delectation’s win in the $1m, Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday puts him in strong contention for a Royal Ascot mission next year.
Beating highly regarded sprinters Chautauqua in second and Terravista in third, Delectation lived up to the high regard he has been held in by Chris Waller’s team for some time.
“It was a field of great sprinters but take nothing away from our horse, with his lead-up form, this time last year he ran second to Brazen Beau and he has run second to Chautauqua four weeks ago,” said Waller..
“He might have won last Saturday, he just did not have any luck, he wasn’t in the right part of the track on the day and he still ran well. He certainly came through that race well and he’s proven that today.
“It is deflating when you go home without winning so you look for the next chance. He was obviously nominated for the race and he pulled up so well so we had to run today.”
Delectation was selected at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale by Mulcaster Bloodstock in conjunction with Tony Pike, Bruce Sherwin and Joe Lau for big Chris Waller Racing supporter Mr CC Lai. The four-year-old gelding by Shamardal out of the More Than Ready mare Grace And Power cost $250,000 from Vinery Stud as a yearling and has now won $1,421,275 in prize-money.