Promising four year old Kronfeld returns to the track this Saturday in the Coastal Midwest Transport Sprint over 1200m at Kalgoorlie.
The Merv Dellar trained galloper tied for KBRC Horse of the Year honours last season when he impressively went from maiden status to open company in the spate of a nine run preparation.
The Murtajill gelding had an almost faultless season last year when winning six races, placing twice and finishing fourth in the Coolgardie Cup taken out by talented type Express Service.
Going into season 2014 Dellar admits he did not expect such a form turnaround after the galloper could not get closer than eight lengths at his two starts at the track as a three year old.
“We had no confidence at all, when we first got him he showed nothing at all and we though what have we got here.”
It was prior to last preparation that Dellar noticed the improvement.
“At the start of last year his work improved out of sight and we started working him with some better quality horses and he was holding them on the track and he just got better and better as the year went on.”
Dellar believes the paddock which allowed him to completely settle in was the main contributor to his improved performance.
“The paddock done him well, he acclimatised and then bringing him back he got used to our way of going, he was a very uneducated horse when he got here and just had no idea what he was doing.”
Contrary to Dellar the owners of Kronfeld are staunch Boulder City Football Club supporters who had previously owned a galloper named Ain’t No Saint who won nine races for the syndicate managed by Shack Evans.
“The syndicate went on and bought this bloke, they paid $18,000 for him at the Patinack dispersion sale.”
Dellar’s allegiance lies with Boulder’s biggest rivals the Mines Rovers Football Club.
Should all go to plan this season Dellar has high hopes for Kronfeld with ambitions of travelling to Perth to compete and working towards the feature races over the round in September.
“If he continues to improve we will take him to town and see how he competes down there but ultimately his target is the feature races over the round.”
Dellar is still unsure as to what Kronfeld’s ideal distance is with his pedigree suggesting he will go over a longer journey.
Edward Creighton who piloted Kronfeld for all six victories last season suggested that the mile is where he will best perform.
Dellar believes the horses will to win is his biggest attribute and whilst he hasn’t saluted at a distance under 1400m he believes the galloper will be right in the mix come Saturday in the Coastal Midwest Transport Sprint over 1200m.
“He’s a very competitive horse who enjoys his racing and always has a go.”
Dellar currently has six horses in the stable and is looking for additional horses to fill some vacant boxes.
Of the stock he currently has Dellar is buoyant about a two year old Beautiful Crown gelding named Tennessee Two Step.
“I have a two year old who I am pretty excited about which I bought at the ready to run sale last year, I have never had a two year old before, he is unraced and I like what he is doing on the track and you will see him on the track towards the end of the year.”
Merv Dellar will have his first runners for the year with Here Comes Poppy in the first race on Saturday at 1.21pm followed by Kronfeld in the feature at 4.35pm.