The Rising Sun: Krug looks to lead all the way after barrier draw

Kiwi young gun Krug will go for an all-the-way win in Saturday night’s $250,000 Group 1 The Rising Sun (2138m) at Albion Park.

Trainer Cran Dalgety is sure Krug has the early speed to use barrier one to lead and he’s got no intention of looking for a trail after that.

“Barrier one is a bonus. He’s definitely got the speed to take advantage of the draw. It’s a bit of a sacrifice to use the draw, he’ll spend a bit more than others at the start so it’s just a matter of he’s still got enough left at the finish,” trainer Cran Dalgety said.

“I couldn’t have him any better going into it. That win at Redcliffe really topped him off.”

If there’s a danger to Krug leading early, it is Victorian raider Kowalski Analysis, who boasts blistering gate speed and has barrier four.

Dalgety is still sweating on Krug’s driver with the Covid-19 travel restrictions, meaning top Kiwi reinsman Blair Orange waiting on a verdict whether he can travel across.

“Blair’s bursting to drive the horse, but he won’t know until tomorrow (Tuesday) when our Prime Minister reassesses the travel bubble,” he said.

Dalgety’s joy was a contrast to his fellow Kiwi trainer, Ray Green, who almost spoke through gritted teeth after last week’s stunning Albion Park winner Copy That drew the worst possible barrier (13).

Expensive Ego will have to overcome a poor draw in The Rising Sun. Picture: Stuart McCormickSource:Supplied

“You have to take the rough with the smooth, so we’ll take it,” he said.

“He’s pulled up really well from the big win last week.

“Anthony Butt managed to overcome a bad draw last week on him, there’s no reason he can’t do it again this week.”

Dalgety still rates Team McCarthy’s young star Expensive Ego as the one to beat despite drawing the back row (gate nine).

“After watching him the past two weeks, I’m a wee scared of him,” he said.

“He seems to be able to cruise along in the middle of the track and still win.”

Champion trainer-driver Mark Purdon will step out of holiday mode in Brisbane to drive Amazing Dream, who is now trained by his son, Nathan.

Purdon has been taking an indefinite break from the sport and his holidaying in Queensland with his partner, Natalie Rasmussen.


$250,000. Albion Park, Saturday night.

Front row:

1. Krug

2. Kashed Up

3. Amazing Dream

4. Kowalski Analysis

5. Bundoran

6. Ilikemebettor (emg)

7. Send It

Back row:

8. Blacksadance

9. Expensive Ego

10. Spirit Of St Louis

11. Crunch Time

12. Mach Da Vinci

13. Copy That

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