Kentuckiana Lodge is excited to announce we will be partnering with Ladbrokes to start Krug in New Zealand’s first-ever slot race.

Trainers Cran and Chrissie Dalgety will team up with the global betting giant after accepting an offer to take their slot in the $900,000 April feature.

With Krug a champion two and three-year-old and now having established himself as an open class star, the opportunity to start in The Race is one the Dalgety camp simply had to take.

“When Ladbrokes approached us we only had one answer for them,” Cran said.

“$900,000 in stakes will be the biggest purse in New Zealand this season by quite some way.”

“So we are rapt to be having a crack at it.”

“I’m sure when the final slots are confirmed it will be a star-studded field but we feel we have the right horse in our corner who has got his own share of star power.”

“Krug has proven himself at the elite level and shown he can run sectionals as fast as any other horse in Australasia.”

“So we won’t be shying away from the challenge, in fact we are very excited by it.”

“Now that everything has been announced we are officially on the countdown.”

“So we will get to work having him primed and ready to run a big race on the day.”

“It is very exciting and we are looking forward to the challenge."

Ladbrokes have a CEO and a Head Of Talent And Content that have a particularly discerning eye when it comes to horse flesh in Dean Shannon and Adam Hamilton, respectively.

The Ladbrokes team are delighted to have secured one of the stars of New Zealand harness racing to take their slot in The Race.

“It’s exciting to have a slot in The Race and teaming up with a young star like Krug, his trainer Cran Dalgety and the team involved with him is a great fit for Ladbrokes," Shannon said. 

“We’ve got some exciting promotional plans leading up to The Race and hope Krug does us all proud at Cambridge on April 14.”

Before returning to New Zealand to prepare for The Race, Krug will start in free-for-all company at Menangle on Saturday night where he is expected to be incredibly hard to beat.