After registering a well-earned Group One success at Tabcorp Park Melton last night, New South Wales trainer Brian Portelli revealed his plans of returning south later in the year.
Set to give the son of Bettors Delight a short break, Portelli will then turn his attention to the Victoria Derby.
Australia’s oldest classic is scheduled to be held in Melton on October 9.
“At this stage nothing is set as I just take it one step at a time with him,” Portelli said.
“He’ll have a bit of time off now, then if he’s come back up as he should, we’ll look at races such as the Victoria Derby.
“That’s still a long way off, and if this week has shown us anything, it’s you can’t make too many plans at the moment.”
Contesting his third Group One of the season – and fifth overall – Tasty Delight completed a clean sweep of the Australian Pacing Gold series by leading throughout the $350,000 Final.
With Blake Fitzpatrick holding the reins, the three-year-old found the front from the pole before scoring by three metres from Act Now.
Captain Crusader was two metres away third.
“I got to Melbourne on Monday to give him plenty of time to settle in and gave him a hit out at Tabcorp Park on Wednesday to have a look at the track,” Portelli said.
“He went great and I told Blake if he can hold the others out and lead, then the race will be over.
“That’s how it worked out and I couldn’t be happier.”
Rating 1:52.3 over 1720 metres, Tasty Delight took his record to an impressive 11 wins, five placings and earnings of $320,020 from 17 starts for owner Charlie Cordina.