Apprentice Regan Bayliss guided nine-year-old sprinter Decision Time to victory in Saturday’s Fiesta Star Handicap (1100m) in a rare Melbourne visit for the 2010 Golden Slipper runner-up.
The Clarry Conners-trained Decision Time had only raced in Melbourne once before in his previous 51 starts, finishing unplaced in the Gilgai Stakes during the spring of 2011.
Sent out a $31 chance for his first start in nine weeks, the grand campaigner notched the 11th win of his career and first since August last year as he sprinted clear late to win the straight-track sprint by a length from Runsati with Zupacharged a neck away third.
The win took Decision Time’s career earnings past $1.7 million.
“Clarry was quietly confident going into today,” Bayliss said.
“Obviously in his previous form he has been competitive at Group One level. You only had to look at him in the yard to know that the horse was in terrific order.