Dalgety bullish over Krug Derby chances
Trainer Cran Dalgety says he could not be happier with his star three-year-old Krug ahead of Saturday night's Queensland Derby at Albion Park.
An intriguing battle is on the cards as Krug goes up against his arch rival American Dealer and Dalgety is in a bullish mood.
This despite the fact his three-year-old had to settle for fourth place in his last outing, The Rising Sun.
Despite many saying it was a disappointing performance, Dalgety disagreed and was proud of the run against the older open class starters.
"I was rapt with his effort, he was very close up behind some very good older horses," he said. "Giving away that year of experience and hardening at the top level was the only real difference.
"I was proud of his effort, he was very brave."
In this latest assignment, Dalgety is also happy with the draw that should see him start in barrier two on the second row if as expected the emergency is withdrawn.
That will put him directly behind American Dealer, just where Dalgety wants to be.
"I went there hoping for two draws, either 2 or 2 on the second line," he added. "I really just wanted to be in the running line early, minding our own business.
"If the emergency comes out we will be starting from 2 on the second line behind American Dealer, who is a really nice horse.
"We just need things to go to plan and the emergency to come out, as expected. I wasn’t worried about drawing handy on the front line because there will be plenty of fireworks early.
"Over a derby distance we are happy to be staying out of that.
"It is a different kettle of fish to the New Zealand Derby, there wasn’t the same speed there. This race could be all on going into the first bend."
American Dealer, who is trained by Ray Green has impressed when winning his last two Queensland starts, including the South East Derby.