STABLE CONTINUES GOOD STRIKE RATE
The Kentuckiana Lodge team had a 100-percent starters to winners ratio with four runners at Forbury and Auckland on March 5-6.
The top strike rate start to the weekend was highlighted by Krug’s Group One win in the $96,000 Breckon Farms Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes at Auckland.
The easy win from the trail in a 1:56 rate (1700m) confirmed the colt’s top 2YO rating to this stage of the season.
Krug’s notable victory also provided junior training partner Nathan Purdon with his first NZ Group One training success, after earlier big Australian Group One wins with Ohoka Punter in the 2016 Black’s A Fake in Queensland, and this month’s Victorian Oaks with Kentuckiana Lodge filly, Dr Susan.
The Cran Dalgety-Nathan Purdon partnership also dominated with a treble at Forbury last Thursday, scoring with favourites, Gemma Mac, Chevron Flies and Pocket Watch.
They moved to 38 domestic wins for the season, placing them fifth on the trainers premiership behind Robert Dunn (35), Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen (65), Michael House (56) and Barry Purdon (40).
Honest 3YO filly Gemma Mac showed a good sense of occasion, after a brief freshener, being untroubled to win a rating 51-65 mobile 2200m, with top driver Blair Orange sporting black and white “Will To Live:” chartity colours on the night for all his wins.
Left parked early, the Art Major filly worked to the front beginning the final lap and was too classy, winning by 1 and 1/4 lengths in a 2:00.6 rate (2200m) in the Golden Fleece Hotel Mobile Pace.
Chevron Flies bounced back in style to take out the rating 40-50 Trainor Electrical Mobile Pace.
The capable Sweet Lou 3YO filly also worked to the front and kicked strongly in the run home to hold by 1 and 3/4 lengths in a 1:59.5 rate (2200m).
Speedy He’s Watching gelding Pocket Watch was too sharp with a one out-one back trail in the rating 40-55 Pro-Fit Covers/Mary Denton Mobile Pace over 1700m.
He had also won his maiden over 2700m from a stand start at Forbury in September.
Pocket Watch belongs to the famed Black Watch family, being a great grandson of smart filly/mare, Corbie.