Kentuckiana Lodge enjoyed a successful Friday night with wins at both ends of New Zealand from Trixton Time and Alta Sensation.
Alta Sensation cruised to a deserved win at Addington after capitalising on a sweet trip handed to him by stable junior driver Sarah O’Reilly.
Just a matter of minutes later Trixton Time finally broke his maiden in his first start at Alexandra Park after producing a string of consistent performances.
Alta Sensation got to show his true class after an unlucky last start effort in the Listed Sires Stakes Sophomore Classic.
The Cran and Chrissie Dalgety trained pacer ran an eye-catching fourth when flashing home late behind Samhara.
“He went super last week without having all the luck he needed so it was great to see him win for the Southland boys this time," Cran said.
“Sarah gave him a great trip and he showed plenty of toe when she got him into the clear.”
“It was a great result all-around really, he deserved that one.”
The Southland boys Cran refers to are owners Nigel Fahy, Kieran Fahy and John Holding – all born and bred Southlanders and passionate harness racing supporters.
The trio joined Chrissie in Alta Sensation’s ownership after Cran selected him at the 2019 National Yearling Sales.
Cran kept his dad Jim Dalgety happy when the former master trainer’s colours were carried to victory at Alexandra Park by Trixton Time.
The same silks were worn by a young Robert Dunn when winning both the Northern Derby and the Auckland Cup with Bolton Byrd on the same track more than 40 years ago.
After a run of placings, switching to right-handed racing at Alexandra Park helped Trixton Time finally breakthrough.
“He seemed to really like it right-handed, he tracked really well around the bends," Cran said.
“It has actually worked out pretty well because he has earned some good placemoney before coming up where he has got a real nice stake for his first win.”
“I don’t think there is any reason he couldn’t win again up here, either.”
Jim Dalgety races Trixton Time with Rick Cridland.
Cran was already in a good mood before Trixton Time’s win after Krug went a slashing race for second earlier at Alexandra Park.
Though driver Blair Orange pushed forward early with the star three-year-old, the pair were soon left at the tail of the field in what turned out to be a tactical affair.
Krug then stormed home wide on the track, running a phenomenal last 400m in his second placing.
The leader and winner Dance Time ran home in 26.4sec with Krug coming from around six lengths behind him before getting within a length and a half of him at the line.
“He has gone super, he has run an unbelievable quarter, so I am was rapt with him," Cran said.
“We couldn’t be happier heading towards the Jewels.”
Krug was hand-timed to run his last 400m in 25.9sec while coming very wide from the home turn.
The star colt has drawn barrier one on the second row at next weekend’s Harness Jewels.
Krug follows out B D Joe, which does not look like a bad place to be considering how well he won at Alexandra Park on Friday night.
- By Jonny Turner