Now an eight-year-old gelding Max Delight has found his form of old, grabbing his third win in a row when he took out the Garrards Horse & Hound Bendigo Pacing Cup on January 6th.
Purchased in a bidding war back in the 2017 APG Sydney Yearling Sale between two of Australia’s biggest owners the Bettors Delight- Lady Euthenia colt fell to Tasmania’s biggest owner and breeder Micheal (Mick) Maxfield for $245,000.
Bred by NSW horseman Peter Lewis who trained his dam Lady Euthenia.
Lady Euthenia is a former 2YO Filly of the Year and NSW Oaks winner and was 2022 Australian Broodmare of the Year.
Lady Euthenia is also the dam of Major Delight the current three-year-old fillies Breeders Crown champion.
Max Delight won his first race start at Goldburn (NSW) when under the care of Darren Hancock then competed unsuccessfully in the APG Gold series as a two-year-old.
After that series Maxfield transferred Max Delight to his then Tasmanian trainer Paul Ashwood where he won that states Golden Slipper and a heat of the Breeders Crown.
Ashwood accompanied the colt to Melbourne to contest the Breeders Crown, but he finished down the track in the final, Maxfield decided after the Breeders Crown to transfer him to David Aiken. A former three-time leading trainer and driver at Harold Park in the late 80’s early 90’s, David Aiken.
Aiken had moved his establishment to a property at Avenel in Victoria.
David Aiken grew up in harness racing being the son of George Aiken who owned and conducted Parramatta Livestock the ground setter of the APG Sales company it should be noted George Aiken was also the breeder of Christian Cullen’s granddam Pleasant Evening.
Max Delight under David Aiken’s care has won 23 races including NSW and Tasmanian Derbies along with the three -year-old Breeders Crown along with the Victoria Cup.
Aiken believes the son of Bettors Delight has returned in some of the best form of his career and after Aiken decision to bypass ID23 and tackle to Cherry City Cup at Young in December proved fruitful since then Max Delight has won the Sokyola Sprint at Melton leading into his Bendigo Cup victory.