Quality colt soon to resume
Stakeswinner Krupt is on the comeback trail after more than a year on the sidelines.
In his short career the colt has provided trainer Matthew Smith with his best and worst moments in racing.
He was dramatically scratched from last year’s $3.5 million Golden Slipper on the morning of the race after failing a veterinary inspection because of a stone bruise.
A few months later he suffered a fractured splint bone and has been sidelined since.
“We’ll be taking him along quietly, he hasn’t got too heavy which is a good thing for a colt, so he looks pretty good,” Smith said.
“He’s been back in work for a month, it’s great to have him back, he’s a quality horse.”
Two weeks before he was scratched from the Slipper, Krupt gave Smith the biggest win of his career when he won the Group Two Todman Stakes to qualify for a start in the world’s richest race for juveniles.
A $460,000 yearling, Krupt, who is named after a crocodile stationed at part-owner Mick Burns’ crocodile farm in the Northern Territory, has one win and two placings from his three starts.
Prior to his Todman win, Krupt ran a short neck second to Mr Profumo in the Group Three Kindergarten Stakes.
While Krupt has been out of action, Smith has relied on bread and butter horses such as honest mare Toulon Bay to keep the stable ticking over.
Toulon Bay has come into her own on wet tracks during the winter with her five starts bringing three wins and two second placings.
The mare is raced by Ron Croghan, the former owner of recently retired champion filly Samantha Miss who will head to the broodmare barn and a date with More Than Ready this spring.
Croghan has supported Smith’s stable over the past few years and also raced Moon Mission until the gelding’s relocation to Darwin earlier this year with Burns now a part-owner.