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Kentuckiana Lodge trainers, Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon, have some shares still available from their purchases at the New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales at Karaka on Monday, and from the trot sale in Christchurch on Tuesday.

Two purchases being syndicated for the stable all have plenty going or them on their pedigree pages, and impressed senior trainer Cran Dalgety with their type, indicating they will develop early and be foward enough to be racing at two.

The yearling buys with shares available are:

CASINO ACTION (Bettor’s Delight-Super Deal, by American Ideal-Splendid Deal, by In The Pocket-Splendid Dreams, colt). Sale price, $80,000.

Casino Action

Cran couldn’t resist buying another from the family of his best ever pacer, former two-time Australasian Grand Circuit champion, Christen Me (1:49.1, a former winner of $2.4 million in Australasia alone).

Casino Action’s third grand-dam Splendid Deal, is a three-quarter sister to Christen Me, being by Christian Cullen’s sire In The Pocket, from Splendid Dreams, the Dream Away-Scuse Me dam of Christen Me, whose feature wins included the NSW Miracle Mile, Auckland Cup, Hunter & Victorian Cups.

Splendid Dreams,the 2015-16 NZ Broodmare of the Year, also left champion filly/mare, Dream About Me (1:50.1, Aust), and the brilliant but lightly-raced Hands Christian (1:52.2).

This colt’s fourth dam is the former Taylor 4YO Mile winner in record time Scuse Me (1:53.5), dam of champion NZ Cup-winning mare Adore Me (1:47.7), and Miracle Mile winner Have Faith In Me (1:47.5), along with 1:49.6 USA winner, Megabucks.

Casino Action is from Super Deal, an unraced American Ideal sister to the useful Barry Purdon-trained filly, Hartofdixie (1:58.3, six wins from 25 starts) for $50,229.

Super Deal and Hartofdixie are half-sisters to the Group One performer Maxim (by Bettor’s Delight), who had a top career hindered by injury.

Maxim (p3; 1.55.9 mile rate, 2240m; 1:53.8 mile rate, 1720m, Aust). won 8 in NZ for $307,256, including the NZ Sires Stakes 2YO Final and was beaten a half-head by Sky Major in the 2013 Group One , Harness Jewels 2YO colts & geldings Emerald in 1:52.8. He also ran third in a Northern Derby.

He was also a Derby victor among his four Australian wins for $187,180, taking out the Group One 2014 Vic Derby Final at Melton for the Barry Purdon stable.

Maxim’s sister, Splendour (p2; 1:56.2, 1700m) also made her mark, winning eight (including the 2013 Gold Coast Oaks in Aust) and being 10-times placed for $143,217.

She ran second to champion relative Adore Me in the 2013 Harness Jewels 3YO fillies Diamond. She also finished third in both the Northern Oaks & NZ Oaks behind Adore Me, for trainers, Todd MacFarlane and Craig Sharpe.

ALDEBARAN ALPHA (Muscle Hill-U Dream, by Love You-Galleons Dream, colt). Sale price, $75,000.

Aldebaran Alpha

By one of the world’s great trotting sires in Muscle Hill, this colt is from one of NZ’s most successful trot families.

He’s from a two-win Love You half–sister to former top squaretaiter, Galleons Sunset (T, 1:58.9f, Aust; 14 wins & $315,200) including the 2008 ID Trotters Grand Final, Gr.1 and the Vic Bill Collins Trotters Mile.

Aldebaran Alpha’s dam is also a half-sister to the 2006-07 NZ 2YO Trotter of the Year, The Ultimate Galleon (T.3; 2:3.6, 1950m; six wins & $62,554, including the NZ Yearling Sales Trot), and the 2004-05 NZ 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year, Kathy Galleon (T.2, 2:6, 1700m; three wins at two & $39,661, including the NZ Yearling Sales 2yo Trot.

Kathy Galleon has bred on well, leaving Courchevel (by Love You) (T.3; 1:59.6f, 2190m; 1:56.5f, Aust), 11 wins & $95,329, including three at Melton and a third in the Victorian Trotting Oaks; and.
former smart Kentuckiana Lodge trot filly Chevron Express (by Muscle Mass), the 2016-17 NZ 3YO Trotting Filly of the Year.

Chevron Express (T3; 1:57 mile rate, 1950m; six wins & six places at three for $71,112) won both the NZ Trotting Oaks & Hambletonian Classic during her 3YO racing for the Cran Dalgety stable. She was also three times placed in Australia, including running third in a Australasian Breeders Crown 3YO fillies Trot Final.

U Dream’s third dam, Catherine The Great (by Royal Prestige) is the five-win dam of stand-out NZ free-for-all trotters, Last Sunset (T; 1:55.2, USA) and Real Deal Yankee (T; 1:57.4m, Aust).

Last Sunset, by Sundon, won 12 in NZ, including the 2001 Group One NZ Trotting FFA (mob. 2600m) at Addington in a then record time.

He also won six in Australia for $72,340 including two Inter Dominion Trotting Heats, and the Group Three 3YO Victoria feature, The Holmfield Trot, and concluded his career in America with another five wins, retiring the winner of $312,423 in stakes.

His half-brother Real Deal Yankee (by Dream Vacation), won 11 in NZ for $175,575, including a Hambletonian Classic and was third in both a NZ Harness Jewels 4YO Ruby and a Group One NZ Trotting FFA.

Real Deal Yankee also won 12 in Australia for $128,190, including a Group Two NSW Menangle Trotters Cup.If interested in securing shares in yearlings from the sales, please contact Cran on either 03-318-1606 or 0274-360-667.


Although he’s dedicated himself to the training role this season, junior Kentuckiana Lodge training partner Nathan Purdon continued a top strike rate from 12 race-drives with his fifth win of the term at Addington on Thursday, February 20.

Arden’s Reality, with co-trainer and form driver, Nathan Purdon.

Nathan reined Arden’s Reality confidently in the night’s opener, sending the favourite from parked early to the front a lap out in the rating 54-49 Christchurch Casino Mobile Pace.

They held by a 1/4 lengths in a 1:57.2 rate for the 1980m, quickening over his last 800m in 57.2s.

Nathan, aptly a Arden Lodge-sponsored driver, has also been once second, giving him a top UDR rating of .4630, making him the third best strike rate driver this season, behind Natalie Rasmussen (.6267) and Nathan’s father, Mark Purdon (.5051).

Arden’s Reality, raced by the Arden Lodge-managed Slice Of Heaven Syndicate, had his yearling half-brother, Arden Believer (by Somebeachsomewhere), sell for $37,500 from the Arden Lodge draft at the NZ Bloodstock Yearling Sale in Christchurch on Wednesday.

Their dam Real Wings (Badlands Hanover-Tuapeka Wings), also the dam of minor winner Real Eagle, is a half-sister to former top pacer Ideal Scott (1:52.8, Aust) and a great grand-daughter of 2012 NZ Broodmare Excellence Award winner, Maureens Dream (1:58.8)l, the top producing half-sister to former champion juvenile Tuapeka Knight, and grand-dam of December’s Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final winner, Ultimate Sniper (1:52.9) an his top performing year-older brother, Ultimate Machete (1:52.6).

“He’s a nice three-year-old and is going to keep winning races,” said senior training partner, Cran Dalgety.

This was the second win in five starts for Arden’s Reality, who has also been twice placed.

First-up since a fourth to Spirit of St Louis at Forbury on October 27, Arden’s Reality credited the training partners with their 33rd domestic win of the season, placing them fifth on the trainers premiership..

The partners have rolled out 15 new individual 3YO winners already this season, and Krug, their only juvenile starter and winner.

Their list of the partners NZ winners for the season are:

Arden Roanoke (four), Bettathanfast (four), Im A Gigolo (three), Cardinal Sin (two), Donegal Mary Francis (two), Fabrizio (two) Gemma Mac (two), Arden’s Reality (two), and the single race winners, She’s A Rebel, Chevron Flies, Pocket Watch, Arden’s Sweetheart, Woman In Gold, Alta Endeavour, Dr Susan, Pink Flamingo Run, and Chevron Action, Dance With Stars and Krug.

Cran, who gained his first training win with Laud at Addington in 1992, prepared the winners of 1231 races in NZ for over $14.4 million in stakes, including the 2013 NZ trainer premiership, on his own account.

He’s enjoying mixing up his ideas with Nathan, son of top Allstars trainer, Mark Purdon, the latter regularly NZ’s top trainer since 2000.

“I’m always learning and Nathan was keen to take the next step into training after working for us. I love his enthusiasm, so it seemed a good thing for both of us,” Cran said.

Apart from two NZ Cup placings with Bettor’s Strike (2009) and Christen Me (2013), and an Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final third with Smiling Shard (2011), Cran has trained the winners of most of Australasia’s premier events.

They include an Auckland Cup, NZ Free-For-All, five Harness Jewels (one promoted), NZ Derby, Northern Derby, NZ Oaks, and two NZ Sires Stakes 2 & 3YO Finals.

He has also achieved numerous Group One victories in Australia, including five Breeders Crown Finals, four Victoria Cups, the Miracle Mile, A G Hunter Cup and Queensland Pacing Championship.

Nathan Purdon, over 20 years junior than Cran, worked throughout Australasia, and was formerly the groom for champion Allstars mare, the 2014 NZ Cup winner, Adore Me (1:47.7, 26 wins from 36 starts & $1.67 million).

He worked for Cran during his trial driver phase before gaining his first win behind subsequent NZ Cup winner Arden Rooney for Mark Purdon at Rangiora in 2013.

Nathan has a previous Group One training and driving win in the 2016 Blacks A Fake at Albion Park, Queensland, when he prepared Ohoka Punter to beat Hectorjayjay.

The younger horseman’s focus is now as a trainer, with the partners seeking the best drivers available for race competition.

This site will continue to be updated regularly over the holiday season. Please come back for updates.


Kentuckiana Lodge is a highly-maintained harness training facility, consistently being fine-tuned with regular improvements. Consisting of 100 acres (45 Hectares) of pasture green grass for its equine athletes, it has a professionally groomed 1000m track.

“I have a beaut 3 tonne track conditioner from Bendigo, Victoria, which can go as deep as I want. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever bought and makes the track like running on a beach,” Cran says.

Racehorse preparations are complemented by the equine swimming pool. Horses undergo intense aerobic conditioning in the pool with virtually no concussive effects by swimming. The pool has played its part in extending the race careers of many horses who have niggles from track training.

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