Kentuckiana Lodge pacer Coney Island Lou showed he is in for a big spring with a powerful return to racing at Addington on Friday night.

The Cran and Chrissie Dalgety trained three-year-old reeled off smart sectionals to slingshot the leader and clinch victory in the Listed Sires Stakes Harness 7000.

Coney Island Lou was given a perfect trip by Carter Dalgety and he made full use of it when clinching his first black-type victory.

“We were thrilled with that effort tonight, he had a good horse in front of him and he had to be good himself to chase him down,” Cran said.

Coney Island Lou has always been highly rated by his trainers.

But with the benefit of a nice spell, the pacer has taken his game to a new level again.

“We have been thrilled with the way he has come up,” Cran said.

“He did a super job last campaign and he only got better as he went on.”

“With the benefit of some time out, he is even stronger now.”

“He is just a lovely horse, he has never lacked any speed and he just seems to get stronger with more time.”

“He beat a top liner tonight and he has still got improvement to come, with it being his first run back.”

“Hopefully we are in for an exciting time with him.”

“We hoped to head towards some bigger targets and tonight he has shown he is on track to take on the big guns."

Coney Island Lou was purchased at the National Yearling Sales by Peta-Ann Congerton, who races the pacer with Glen Moore and Russell Collett.

Friday night’s win also brought up 100 wins for Cran and Chrissie Dalgety’s official training partnership.

“Getting the 100th win was a nice bonus,” Cran said.

“It has been great having Chrissie in partnership and getting the recognition she deserves.”

“She has been an integral part of the operation since it started, so in reality she should have many more wins to her name.”

“Hopefully we will keep racking the numbers up, with the lovely team we have around us I would like to think we will kick a few more goals.”

Fernetti backed up his excellent last start victory with a narrow second at Addington on Friday night.

The three-year-old was beaten by the barest of margins, showing another win is right within his sights.