PROMISING JUVENILE CONFIRMS AUCKLAND YOUNG GUNS TRIP
High-priced yearling Krug confirmed a trip to Auckland next month for the Young Guns series with a good front-running win in the 2YO cols and geldings mobile pace at the Addington pre-NZ Cup trials on Wednesday, November 6.
A colt by champion sire Bettor’s Delgiht from former speedy filly Champagne Princess (1:56.9, 12 wins from 23 stats for $143,484), Krug is unbeaten in two trials.
He won his qualifier last week at Rangiora in a 2:02.2 rate (mobile 2000m), then was took slick on the front-end in cooler conditions in a 2:04.1 rate over the same trip on Wednesday.
But Krug picked up the pace over his final 400m in a sharp 27.8s for co-trainer Nathan Purdon at Addington, coming clear by three lengths over the Allstars juvenile, It’s All About Faith (Captaintreacherous-Veste), the Ken Barron-trained Black Edition (Bettor’s Delight-Simply Devine) and the Allstars-trained First Class (Bettor’s Delight-Amaretto Btromac).
“He’ll have a quiet week now. He’s good enough for Auckland but we may look at a maiden first up there with him, then go in a Young Guns Heat,” said senior co-trainer, Cran Dalgety.
“We were very pleased with him today.”
The first $25,000 Young Guns Heat will be run at Auckland on Friday, December 13.
A second $25,000 Young Guns Heat is to be run at Auckland on New Year’s Eve.
Other series heats will be run on February 7, and February 28, with the $100,000 Group One Young Guns (Cardigan Bay) Final scheduled for Aucklalnd on March 6.
Meanwhile, stablemates, Dr Susan and Betterthanfast, also trialed well, heading into NZ Cup week.
Dr Susan ran on strongly for fifth in the rating 54-55 mobile pace over 1980m, won by the Tom Bagrie-trained Belmont Major from 3YO Sires’ Stakes hopeful, Italian Lad, Storm and Willison.
Belmont Major rated 2:00.8 for the mobile 1980m in the hands of John Dunn, the leaders running their last 800m in 59.2s and final 400m in 26.8s.
Bettathanfast ticked over for up week when third for Sarah O’Reilly behind smart lighlty-raced mare Nemera Franco (Craig Thornley), and the speedy Mitch Kerr-trained Matt Damon, in the rating 59-69 moible trial.
Nemera Franco, beaten for the first time in four starts when third to Change Is Good and Sweet Mary in a 1:56.1 mile at Ashburton on Labour Day, winner of three from just four statrts for the Steven McRae stable, makes her Addington debut on Tuesday
She starts from three on the back row in the RNP Homes Ltd Mobille Pace for four-year-old and older mares up to a rating 63, over 2600m.
Bettathanfast, with a 64 raring, heads into NZ Cup day with the ace draw ion the up to rating 80 $25,000 Pascoes The Jewellers Mobile Pae over 1980m, comes off a game third after facing the breeze in the Tuapeka Cup on October 27.
He comes up against smart Allstars 3YO filly Amazing Dream (nine) and Monday’s Kaikoura winnres, Heisenberg (six) and Jay Tee Tyron (eight), in a good quality Cup day field.
Bettathanfast again moved up parked in this week’s trial and was solid to the line, only a nose and half a head from Nemera Franco, who sprinted sharply from back in the pack to win in 2:30.8 (1950m), the leaders picking up the pace over their last 400m in 27.5s.
Although Chevron Action was in against only one other in the Qualifying Mobile Trot, she was clearly superior after making her move at the 500m.
A 3YO daughter of Majestic Son, she was strong to the line for Nathan, winning by 33 lengths to qualify in 2:36 (mobile 2000m), trotting her last 400m in 29.4s.
Karmic Delight (2f Bettor’s Delight-Anvil On Fire), a grand-daughter of Waihemo Raninship, secured by Cran from the NZ Yearling Sales, was good moving up parked inside the final 800m in a 2YO filly quailfier.
She was outfinished late when second to Matt Anderson’s bold finisher Town Echo (2f Art Major-Cordelia).’
Winner Town Echo paced the 2000m in 2:35, the leaders last 800m in 59.6s and final 400m in 27.7s.