Scone trainer Stephen Jones will weigh up a shot at the Brisbane carnival with Akasaki against options in Sydney after the five-year-old secured a home carnival win for a second consecutive year on Saturday.
Akasaki was the only locally-trained winner at Scone's stand-alone meeting, taking out the benchmark 78 handicap (1100 metres).
It was the gelding's first win since finishing down outside to claim a benchmark 80 handicap at the same meeting last year.
Apprentice Chris Williams gave the 61.5-kilogram topweight a three-kilogram reduction and a smart ride for a narrow victory over the Bjorn Baker-trained Oneness. Williams put Akasaki midfield before getting clear at the top of the straight and stealing a break on the field approaching the 200m mark and holding on.
"The ride probably won him the race," Jones said.
"He looked like getting cluttered up again, like he has been the last few times - he should have won at Hawkesbury last start - but he got through this time and finished off good."
Jones, who has called Scone home for the past two and a half years, was unsure what was next for Akasaki.
"The options are open," he said. "There's the At Sea Handicap at Randwick in a couple of weeks but we may head north as well. There's been no firm decisions at this stage.
"We'll have a closer look up there this week, but it's one step at a time, and he had to get through this, and he did it with flying colours, so it was great."
AAP reports: Trekking may have added his name to Godolphin's Brisbane winter carnival team with his strong win in the Luskin Star Stakes at Scone.
The gelding came with a powerful finishing burst to win Saturday's 1300m listed race to set up a possible tilt at next month's Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).
The $2.80 favourite, Trekking beat Brave Song ($7) by three-quarters of a length with race leader Deploy ($17) tiring to finish third.
"Deploy went out like a scalded cat and that certainly gave him a bunny to chase," Godolphin representative Darren Beadman said.
"I thought the sectionals they were running meant they'd have to come back.
"Once he got him into the open spaces and he was able to go through his gears, I was more confident because he's a better horse with something to chase.
"He'd be a good lightweight chance in something like a Stradbroke you'd have to think."
Godolphin rounded out the feature Scone meeting with Viridine's win in the listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) as the $4.60 favourite.
Meanwhile, Con Te Partiro reignited her racing career with victory in the group 3 Dark Jewel Classic.
A listed winner as a two-year-old at Royal Ascot for US trainer Wesley Ward, Con Te Partiro also boasts victories at Saratoga and Keeneland.
She was bought at the Keeneland sale for $500,000 and rather than wait for September and the breeding season, Newgate's Henry Field decided she should be in work.
After two trials for trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Con Te Partiro made her Australian debut in Saturday's 1400m race, bursting through late to win by a half neck from Savatiano.
Punters were not convinced by her foreign form and the mare drifted from $10 to $18 with Godolphin's Savatiano the $4.60 favourite.
Waterhouse admitted she had some pre-race concerns because of the mare's manners.
"She is quirksome," Waterhouse said.
"Before the race I said she'll either blow her brain in the mounting enclosure or she'll win the race.
"But she stood quietly and full credit to the girls and boys who looked after her and kept her quiet.
"She got squashed up in the run but got out.
"She was a Listed winner at Royal Ascot over 1600 metres so I was a bit worried the 1400 might be too short."
The win capped a big Scone carnival for her jockey Sam Clipperton who won Friday's Cup on the Richard and Michael Freedman-trained Special Missile.
"I can't believe I won the race," Clipperton said.
"The first part of the race played out perfectly. We were in a lovely spot and a perfect rhythm then I was dead-set off the bridle at the 600.
"Rachel King went past me at the 200 (Organza) and I don't know what it did to my horse but she found another five gears and savaged the line.
"That last 100 metres was unbelievable."
Con Te Partiro is entered for next month's Stradbroke Handicap with nominations yet to be taken for the group 1 Tattersall's Tiara for fillies and mares.
Her win brought up a Scone double for Waterhouse and Bott after Ready To Prophet took out the Denise's Joy Stakes.
The hype surrounding Libertini has proved spot-on with the filly claiming a soft win as odds-on favourite in the listed Woodlands Stakes at Scone.
Among those spruiking the two-year-old is her trainer Anthony Cummings who has no doubt she is a future group 1 winner.
Having her third start in Saturday's 1100m race, Libertini ($1.45) beat Regimental Band ($41) by two lengths with the margin deceptive as Tommy Berry was kind to her in the final 200 metres.
The Gerry Harvey-owned Libertini ran second to Bivouac on debut in the Kindergarten Stakes before scoring a comprehensive win over 1200m on April 25 at Randwick.
"She will have a break now and come back for the Princess Series including the group 1 Flight Stakes in the spring," Cummings said.
"I would be surprised if at the end of the day she wasn't a group 1 winner.
"She is showing the best as a baby I've had.
"She's got a couple of boxes ticked now as a stakes winner so she will have a break and hopefully come back and fulfil her potential."
Berry said Libertini was versatile and professional.
"She's a no-nonsense filly. You can put her forward or back in her races which I think is important.
"She went around to the barriers as relaxed as a five-year-old.
"I thought she was the best horse in the race and I rode her like that."
The filly is out of group 1 winner Aloha and brought up a milestone for her sire I Am Invincible, giving the stallion an Australian record 27 stakes winners for the season.
I Am Invincible stands at Yarraman Park which sponsored the Woodlands Stakes.
Tommy Berry has taken the initiative on Wild Planet to guide the consistent three-year-old to an overdue win in the Inglis Guineas at Scone.
Punters plumped for Military Zone who started the $2.70 favourite ahead of Wild Planet ($2.90) in Saturday's $300,000 restricted listed race, the opening event on the metropolitan standard meeting in the Hunter Valley.
Berry jumped the Hawkes Racing-trained Wild Planet straight to the front while Military Zone from the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Military Zone was where expected, at the back.
Military Zone circled the field on the turn and launched his bid in the straight but Wild Planet gave another kick and went on to score by three-quarters of a length after two placings in stakes races this autumn.
"He got his own way in front today and that told the tale in the end," Berry said.
"When they first started to come to him, I felt him click into another gear and we were just coasting to the line.
"There was still a bit more left."
Wild Planet did most of his early racing in Victoria where he won two races last spring, a Ballarat maiden and a listed race at Flemington.
More recently he has run second in the Darby Munro and third in the Southern Cross during the Sydney autumn.
"Tommy rode the perfect race," co-trainer Michael Hawkes said.
"We've always had a big opinion of him and being by Animal Kingdom he's just getting better all the time.
"We gelded him early and made a good racehorse of him from day one. It's been a great ride so far and hopefully that can continue."
Wild Planet is a $21 chance in the Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane on June 8 with a decision pending whether he goes to the race.