Kentuckiana Lodge


Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety is looking forward to a late autumn-winter campaign with two-time Australasian Grand Circuit winner Christen Me after the top pacer returned on a record-equalling note in the Rangiora Classic on April 24.
Christen Me, after a sensational previous season, had his 2015 NZ Cup campaign derailed by a virus, but could be a serious contender again in 2016.
Only seven, Christen Me has won 31 of 51 starts for $2.3 million in earnings.
The stable is going through a re-building phase but racked up its 40th win for the season with a winning double by Donegal Bettorgetch and Christen Me at Rangiora.
Cran, who has a record (for a NZ trainer) of five Australasian Breeders Crown Final wins, won the 2013 NZ Trainers Premiership.
He enjoyed a spectacular run in 2014-15 with Christen Me, winning the NZ Free-For-All, Miracle Mile, Victoria Cup, Auckland Cup and Easter Cup.
Cran, in previous seasons, also won a Hunter Cup and the Chariots Of Fire Christen Me in Australia.
The Kentuckiana Lodge mentor has also won previous Victoria Cups with Desperate Comment (1996-97) and Bettor’s Strike (2009), and numerous Group races in NZ.
This site is updated regularly including the “Cran Rates His Runners” link in the news section above, which gives Cran’s thoughts on his starters. Please return here regularly for further updates.

Cran, has topped $1 million in stable earnings for the fifth consecutive season and is closing in on 1000 NZ training wins.



Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has only two 10 percent shares left for purchase in two quality yearlings secured from the 2016 NZ Yearling Sales.

They will be trained with a view to a 2YO race programme, thereby maximising the best early return for shareholders.

BETTOR JOY (Bettor’s Delight-Joyfulbelle filly), full purchase price, $80,000, now being syndicated.

Better Joy

Better Joy

A dark bay filly by champion sire Bettor’s Delight, Bettor Joy is a the sister to 2011 Southland Oaks winner Jumpforjoy (p2, 1:56.5; p3, 1:55.8, seven wins and seven placings from just 21 starts for Clark Barron, earning $94,655) and half-sister to former NZ record holder Joyfuljoy (1:51.6, US, 11 NZ wins incl. the 2009 Harness Jewels Diamond in 1:54.4 & NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Fillies Final, plus six USA wins for over $480,000).

Pride N Joy, a sister to Joyfuljoy (by Mach Three), qualified in 1:59.5 (1609m) as a two-year-old, but went straight to stud unraced.

Another half-sister in Fullojoy (by Grinfromeartoear) was a minor 3YO winner before being retired to stud.

Bettor Joy, is the sixth foal from Joyfulbelle (1:56.3), herself a smart filly winning eight and being placed 10 times from only 22 starts for $58,798, for Southland trainer Clark Barron.

Joyfulbelle ran fourth in the 2003 NZ Oaks, won by Pullover Brown, in then NZ record time for a 3YO filly, and was also a notable runnerup to Coburg in the Group Two 2004 Premier Mares Championship at Addington.

“Bettor Joy looks more suited to 2YO racing than some others from the family,” said trainer Cran Dalgety.

“She looks like maturing at an early age this article and this is a strong filly family.”

Joyfulbelle’s half-sister Hit The Switch, a minor NZ winner, has won 20 in the USA and taken a record of 1:54.6, while others to shine in recent seasons from the family include good Australian winner (Heza) Panamach (p3, 1:58.2, 16 wins & $A109,057) and smart Southland pacer Statham (six wins and four seconds from 13 starts for $46,486).

Statham rated a smart 1:59.1 for the mobile 2600m to win in 3:12.5 at Addington on November 13.

MASTER MOONLITE (Art Major-Miss Moonlite colt), full purchase price, $76,000.

Master Moonlite is the first foal from the speedy Miss Moonlite (1:54.7, 13 wins & $213,167, including the 4YO Australasian Breeders Crown 4YO Mares Final at Melton has the bonus of being Victorian Breeders Series eligible, as well as being entered for the Australasian Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, the NZ Sires Stakes and NZ Yearling Sales series.



Master Moonlite

Master Moonlite

“He’s bred on the classic Art Major-Christian Cullen cross,” said Cran.

“I expect him to be a leading contender for early 2YO racing because of his masculine build and maturity at this early stage.”

“Its also a bonus to have the only one from the NZ Yearling Sales to be eligible for the Victoria Breeders Series.”

Master Moonlite’s dam, Miss Moonlite, was also a notable third in the Group One 2011 New Zealand Oaks behind Carabella and Donegal Delight at Addington during her NZ race career for Andrew Stuart.

Miss Moonlite is herself a daughter of former outstanding international racemare Dancingonmoonlight (1:53.2, US, 19 wins & $402,832), who won the 2000 Australasian Breeders Crown 3YO Fillies Final and New South Wales Oaks.

Dancingonmoonlight (Holmes Hanover-Woodpecker) is the dam of four individual winners, with two others in 2:00, namely Bettor Still (1:56.3, 16 Aust. wins & $110,835) and Major Change (p3, 1:58.6 mile rate, 2100m, six wins).

Major Moonlite’s third dam Woodpecker (p3, 1:58.9) won three races as a 3YO and ran third in the 1990 Great Northern Oaks for trainer-driver John Langdon.

Woodpecker, by Lordship, left six individual winners at stud, highlighted by Dancingonmoonlight.

For further information, please contact Cran Dalgety, by phone 03-318-1606, or 027-436-0667, or email

Latest News

Soky’s Legend lifts profile through US Legend

BROODMARE SOKY’S LEGEND LIFTS PROFILE WITH BIG USA WINNER Soky’s Legend, the rising 22-year-old dam of this year’s North American aged star Bit Of A Legend (1:51h), was bred last October with Woodlands Stud stallion American Ideal (p3, 1:47.8). With several of her foals being nuggety pacers but not endowed for size, the cross with…


Christen Me back with record-equalling win

CHRISTEN ME RETURNS IN THE BEST POSSIBLE FASHION Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety is “bubbling with excitement” after a sensational NZ record-equalling return by stable flag flyer Christen Me at Rangiora on Sunday, April 24. Chances of a return to Menangle, NSW, for the $A100,000 Len Smith Mile now loom large, with an extended Queensland…


Bit Of A Legend wins $US609k Levy Final

BIT OF A LEGEND JUSTIFIES FAVOURITISM IN RICHEST USA RACE OF YEAR Bit Of A Legend, a dual Australasian Breeders Crown champ for NZ trainer Cran Dalgety, won the richest race of the year in North America today, the $US609,000 George Morton Levy Memorial in 1:51 at Yonkers Raceway, New York (April 24). It was…


New stable owner has deserved maiden win

ILDIVO DELIVERS AT SHORT ODDS FOR NEW STABLE OWNER New stable owner Keith Shadbolt, who won a Superstars 4YO Championship at Addington 16 years ago with Bruzem (10 NZ wins & $97,405, 1:52.6, US) was back in the winner’s circle at Addington on Thursday, April 21. Mr Shadbolt bred and races the 3YO Bettor’s Delight-Swinger…


Meet The Team

Chrissy Dalgety
Chrissie Dalgety

Administration/Public Relations Manager

Dexter Dunn
Dexter Dunn


Cran Dalgety
Cran Dalgety


In Case You Missed It

‘Legend’ taking on US Horse Of the Year

BIT OF A LEGEND IN SAME HEAT AS WIGGLE IT JIGGLEIT Bit Of A Legend, who remained unbeaten with his fourth Levy Memorial elimination heat win at Yonkers last Saturday in 1:51.2 (fifths), takes on US star Wiggle It Jiggleit in the 5th round of Levy heats on Sunday (NZ time). The former Kentuckiana Lodge…


Christen Me’s second trial crucial

CHRISTEN ME TRIAL WILL DETERMINE IF HE RUNS IN RANGIORA CLASSIC Last year’s Horse of the Year Christen Me had a satisfactory first-up trial at Ashburton on Tuesday but a trial next Monday will determine whether he is forward enough for the Rangiora Classic the following Sunday, April 24. Connections of the 7YO were happy…


Pleasing placings from ‘Bettorgretch & Rock’

LIGHTLY-RACED 3YO’s RUN SOLID THIRDS ON PREMIER NIGHT Donegal Bettorgretch and Alpha Rock raced well when rising in grade at the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club’s premier night at Addington on Friday, April 8. Pacing-bred “Bettorgretch” added a Group One third to her resume in the $80,000 Paintlab Racing 4 Jonty NZ Trotting Derby. In the process,…


For The Ladies wins heat of Bluechip series

FOR THE LADIES NOTCHES FIRST 2016 USA WIN IN BLUECHIP SERIES HEAT Former Kentuckiana Lodge mare For The Ladies furthered her good North American career by winning a leg of the $US40,000 Bluechip Watchmaker Series for fillies and mares at Yonkers Raceway, New York, on Saturday, April 2 (NZ time), 2016. Now seven, the Jereme’s…

The Harness Edge
Harness Link
Harness Racing New Zealand
Australian Harness Racing