Excitement is building ahead of Kentuckiana Lodge stepping out its first two-year-old starter of the new season at Addington on Friday night.
Major Icon will represent Cran and Chrissie Dalgety’s Yearling Class of 2021 when starting in race 1 with Sarah O’Reilly in the sulky.
The colt has impressed in his trials and is ready to start his racing career on the right note.
“He was supposed to be in a two-year-old race but it didn’t get off the ground,” Cran said.
“But he is fit and ready and he doesn’t know he’s racing the older horses so we are heading off to the races.”
“He has got a bit of quality about him this colt, so I have no doubt he will handle it.”
“He should be able to settle somewhere in mid-field from the second row draw and from there I expect him to be running on strongly.”
“It looks like a handy field but he is more than handy himself so he will do us proud, I am picking.”
Sarah O’Reilly and Sugar Me will reunite later on the Addington card, in race 6.
The four-year-old takes on a classy line up of open class pacers in his return from a spell.
After going stride for stride with A G’s White Socks at the trials recently, the four-year-old showed he is ready for this kind of challenge.
“I have been thrilled with him since he has been back in,” Cran said.
“As everyone knows he came a long way in a short time last time in.”
“It was a well deserved break and he thrived while he was out.”
“His training has been excellent and he is bigger and stronger than he was last year.”
“It is a smart field but from the 1 draw they will know he is there.”
Kentuckiana Lodge will also start Remember Me at Alexandra Park on Friday night in the Northern Oaks Prelude.
The three-year-old is back from Australia and ready to round off her preparation for next week’s Oaks.
“She has travelled back really well and she has had a good amount of racing, so she is well up to the mark.”
“Naturally we are looking for this race to top her off for the Group One next week.”
“Drawing the outside of the front line is against us, these small field can be cat and mouse affairs.”
“But she is a quality filly and we are expecting her to be hitting the line hard.”
Carter Dalgety takes the reins behind Remember Me in Friday night’s event.
Carter has had two drives behind the blueblood filly for two wins.