DECISION TIME

Mar 27, 2013

In the hype surrounding Snitzerland's record breaking Challenge Stakes win and the return of fourth placegetter Hay List from injury, the performance of Decision Time was overlooked by many.

The five-year-old produced a slashing second in the Group Two race, his first start for 18 months in a career that has been beset by injury.

 Clarry  was happy to escape the limelight after the Challenge but is hoping to be front and centre at the presentation of trophies after Saturday's Group One Galaxy (1100m).

"He ran a great race in the Challenge after such a long time off," Conners said.

"He'd been sidelined longer than Hay List but they all wanted to talk about him.

"That's OK with me. He's done super since and everything is fine which is a relief."

Runner-up to Crystal Lily in the 2010 Golden Slipper, Decision Time bled during his win in the Group Two Stan Fox Stakes later that year.

The automatic three-month ban was another setback for the gelding who has had ongoing feet issues which have restricted his career to 16 starts, eight of which he has won.

Clarry admits it can be difficult to manage horses with the sorts of problems Decision Time has but also rewarding when they perform well.

"With a horse like him it is always a worry," Conners said.

"You have to train them differently and not put too much pressure on them.

"But I'm just happy to have him back."

Decision Time will meet many of the same horses again on Saturday as he did in the Challenge with James McDonald retaining the ride.


AAP