Merv Dellar’s decision to pick-up Kronfeld from Patinack Farm’s Gold Coast dispersal sale last year is proving an inspired choice.
The Murtajill gelding has enjoyed an almost flawless campaign, winning five of seven races including the past four in succession.
It’s been a stunning turnaround for Kronfeld and a far cry from 12-months back that had Dellar questioning his judgement.
The four-year-old had no impact and gave little sign of what was to come after being soundly beaten in his only two starts.
“He has ended up being a cheap purchase but I didn’t think it at the time,” said Dellar.
“I think maturity and being turned out for a good spell has been the key.
“Even now the penny is just starting to drop with him.
“The positive is there is plenty of improvement left.”
Dellar is determined to lift the bar higher for Kronfeld after a top win against open class company last week.
His effort to run on powerfully from last position has earned him a crack at next Sunday’s Listed Coolgardie Cup (1760m).
“It was a super competitive performance,” said Dellar.
“He’s an adaptable horse who can race forward but he does like to chase.
“We may as well have a shot at it while he is in his current form.”
Dellar is wary of looking too far ahead but has not ruled out stretching Kronfeld to the 2100m of the Boulder Cup on September 14.
“I think he can stay and he relaxes so well in his races,” said Dellar.
“But I’m mindful of not breaking his spirit.
“Whatever he does he will be an improved horse in a year.
“He has plenty of upside.
“I’m not looking beyond and won’t assess anything until after the Coolgardie Cup.”
Albertani, placed in three of his previous four, will look to breakthrough in Goldfields Honda Kia & Foton Handicap (1400m) on Sunday.
“It’s been one of those campaigns where he can’t take a trick,” said Dellar.
“He has had issues but he will be putting in.”