Having joined Nathan Purdon in partnership for the new season, Chrissie Dalgety certainly took the step from administrative duties to trainer rather effortlessly.
Cran has stepped aside from the lead training role this season and guides Nathan and Chrissie through their paces from an unfamiliar position of stablehand. It took wife Chrissie all of a couple of days to find the winning touch, so his advice obviously taken on board as debut pacer Lovesomewhere (Somebeachsomewhere – Linda Lovegrace) claimed his first win at Addington last Sunday.
Born into harness racing, Chrissie is the daughter of Jennifer and the late Murray Butt, and of course sister to high-flying brothers Anthony, Tim, and Roddy, all who have achieved great success in the sport. Roddy, an accomplished Group 1 winning trainer in his own right these days concentrates on rugby development, while Anthony and Tim continue their successful path in Sydney where they are both based at Menangle.
Whether Chrissie ever dreamed of being a trainer, or not, she now finds herself in the quite enviable position of aiding Nathan in the training of the entire team, with one standout horse in particular.
Krug went to yet another level winning at Addington last Friday night, beating the older horses with such class he now looms as the clear top pick to win all the age group classics this season.
That’s new pressure Chrissie hasn’t had before. But what a time to enter the fray.
The stable will have three runners on Friday night, strong intermediate grade horses Bettathanfast,. I’m A Gigolo, and Cardinal Sin down to run, while Trixton Time and Beaudiene Hustler will represent the team again on Sunday.