Kentuckiana Lodge


Fabrizio, and driver, Blair Orange, too good at Auckland (Race Images, Auckland, photo).


Kentuckiana Lodge trainers, Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon, advanced to 26 seasonal wins with a Friday double, at the Auckland and Addington meetings, on Friday, December 13.

The partners gained their 14th indivdual 3YO winner of the season when Fabrizio delivered with a deserving maiden win at Alexandra Park.

The Sweet Lou gelding has always had the ability to win races but greeness proved costly for him in the spring. He’s continued to improve with each run on his north campagin,adn had to be above average to win from the six draw in 1:55.4 for the 1609m in the $13,800 Share Mobile Pace.

Top driver Blair Orange eased him four back on the outer, then made a sweeping run four and three wide from the 600m.

He had to take hold of the half-brother to Hundie, Rock On and Punters Dream. round the final turn after getting a touch unbalanced for a couple of strides, but Fabrizio was all business as he knuckled down to the task in hand in the run home.

He won by 1 /2 lengths from solid late finisher Bettor Listen for his maiden win at this fifth start. The Fabrizio maternal family were again in the winner’s enclosure two races later when 3YO filly Kerri Maguire won for the Steve Telfer stable in 1:57.2. She’s a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere from Unreheased, the top-producing grand-dam of Fabrizio.


Cran Dalgety

Nathan Purdon

Promising juvenile Krug, didn’t have much go his way in the running from the outside of the front row in the Young Guns Heat.

After settling three back and moving up to challenge on the home turn for Blair Orange, he fought gamely for a length second to front-running Allstars Captaintreachrous colt, It’s All About The Faith (Mark Purdon), who held in 1:56.4 (1609m).

At Addington, Bettathanfast resumed from a brief freshener with a bold win in the rating 57-63 Dux Industries Mobile Pace.

He had to work to the front with a lap to run for driver Matt Anderson. After getting headed briefly by That Alexander Guy in the run home, they kicked back to win by 1 1/4 lengths in a 1:56.6 rate for the 1980m..

The winners have flowed weekly for the Kentuckiana Lodge Dalgety-Purdon partnership with a team consisting of mostly young maidens..

Their list of winners for the season are:

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

The senior ideas of Cran, and the youthful ideas of Nathan, are a perfect combination in the years to come.

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 excited to team up 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.


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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