KRUG TO BOUNCE BACK FROM BAD BLOOD COUNT
By Jeff Scott
An enforced month NZ racing layoff due to the world-wide covid 19 epademic will be a timely freshening opportunity for exciting juvenile Krug, who under-performed slightly when fourth on a good trip in a Garrards Sires Stakes Heat at Addington last Friday.
“It transpires he had a bit of a bad blood count but will come back bigger and better,” said senior trainer, Cran Dalgety.
Krug, after working out from the inside second row draw to one out-one back trail for top driver Blair Orange, couldn’t make ground on front-running winner First Class over the last 400m in 27.2s.
First Class, the runner-up to Krug in the NZ Sapling Stakes in early February, has subsequently stepped up for the Allstars Stables to win the NZ Kindergarten Stakes at Wyndham, and last week’s first Sires Stakes Heat in a 1:57.4 rate (1980m).
Krug, winner of three of five and once a runner-up for $87,080 in stakes, has a chance to extend futher following the next month if races like the NZ Welcome Stakes, NZ Yearling Sales Open Pace, Sires Stakes Final and Harness Jewels proceed this season.
Three-year-old filly trot stablemaye Chevron Action put in a career best performance when nearly upsetting in the Group Two What The Hill NZ Trotting Oaks
However, Vacation Hill had the last say, taking out the feature for Sam Ottley and the Kevin Townley stable in a 1:59.7 rate (1980m).
Chevron Action’s driver Matt Anderson incurred a six-day driving suspension for using the whip on more occasions than permitted.
Meanwhile, El Dorado and Chloe Rose, newcomers to the team after being dispersed from the stable of former West Melton trainer Nigel McGrath, were satisfactory and are capable of developing further.
Former NZ Derby winner Sheriff, the older half-brother to El Dorado and fast Menangle winner Wrangler (1:48.8), has joined last Friday’s impressive rating 56 and faster trot winner Majestic Chevron at the Woodend Beach stables of Robert (and John) Dunn.
Sheriff, now five, raced sparingly last term. He last raced 12 months ago but resumed for the McGrath stable at the Rangiora trials this month.