KRUG BACK WITH TRIAL WIN BEFORE ASHBURTON-AUCKLAND TARGETS
Promising Kentuckiana Lodge juvenile Krug is set to resume in the $30,000 NZ Sapling Stakes at Ashburton on Februrary 22.
Freshened after a last-start Young Gun Series Heat win at Auckland on December 31, the Bettor’s Delight-Champagne Princess colt stepped out again with a oonditioning win at the Rangiora trials on Wednesday, February 12.
Krug, after being parked to the first turn, soon found a trail behind pacemaking All About Faith (Natalie Rasmussen) but was too sharp with a spint lane opening at the 150m.
He wasn’t extended by co-trainer Nathan Purdon, winning by half a head in 2:30.9 for the mobile 2000m, the leaders last 800m in 57.3s and 400m in 30s.
The Group Three NZ Sapling Stakes will act as an ideal lead-up for Krug’s return to Auckland for the Group One $100,000 Breckon Farms Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes over 1700m on March 6.