Cran caught up with Adam Hamilton following Krug's brave performance for fourth in The Rising Sun at Albion Park on Saturday night.

The star Kentuckiana Lodge colt went down by less than two metres to hardy older Group One performers, setting up a scintillating 1:54:9 mile rate.

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CRAN Dalgety is a class act.

The champion Kiwi horseman allowed himself a moment to digest KRUG’S fourth placing behind AMAZING DREAM in the inaugural Group 1 The Rising Sun, then quickly switched into celebration-mode.

This wasn’t about Krug, Dalgety or what might have been … it was Nathan Purdon’s moment and Dalgety wanted it to be special. The pair go way back.

“Nath and I are close, he’s like a brother. We’re staying up here together and it’s great to be kicking around with him again,” Dalgety said. “He’s worked for me on three different occasions and we were even in a training partnership back home (NZ) for a while.

“As much as I wanted Krug to win, if he didn’t I really hoped Amazing Dream did for Nath. I’m so thrilled for him.

“After the race, I said it feels like we’ve all won the race, so let’s go out and celebrate that way … and we did.”

What many don’t know is Dalgety helped out with Amazing Dream’s preparation behind the scenes, looking after her when she first arrived in Queensland while Purdon was caught-up in COVID-19 travel and quarantining requirements between Melbourne and Brisbane at the time.

While many had queries on where Amazing Dream was at given her indifferent form by her lofty standards, Dalgety had seen plenty of her and feared her.

“I could see she was primed. Nath had a plan, it was all about getting her feeling good and her confidence back-up after a few hard runs. Don’t underestimate what he did with her,” he said.

“When Mark (Purdon) was able to get in behind us (Krug) for the perfect trail, I knew she’d be a huge danger.”


On Krug, trainer Cran Dalgety said: “I think it was a good reminder, a good education if you like, that an extra 12 months of hard racing and maturity really does make a big difference.”

Krug will back-up against his own age in the South-East Derby next Saturday night before his next Group 1 goal, the Queensland Derby on July 24.

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