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Dr Susan, after a few days off following her Gold Bracelet win on March 28, may have been one hard hit-our run short of her best when beaten into fourth as a hot $1.15 favourite in the Golden Easter Egg at Menangle on  Saturday,  April 18.

First-up since transferring to the care of Sonya Smith, Dr Susan worked to the front from the eight barrier for Smith’s partner Anthony Butt.

Sheappeared in control for much of the$22 $30,600 race but was swamped late by trailer, third favourite, Our
Ontinio Rose, and second favourite, Vincenzina,who also had every chance, with a one out-one-back trail. Total Diva ran n for fourth.

Our Ontonio Rose (3f Sportswriter_The Coldstream, by Courage Under Fire from NZ ,mare, Lanoch, by New York Motoring-Heathland, was recording just her second win in 44 starts for trainer-driver,Janie Grimson.

She ran the 1609m in 1:54.9, the leaders last 800, in 56.2s and final 400m in 27.4s.

With NZ racing in lock-down, rare circumstances allows Kentuckiana Lodge filly Dr Susan another opportunity to race at Menangle, NSW, on Saturday night.

Dr Susan, due to being based and racing in Australia before the lock-down, is still able to race at a restricted number of Australian meetings.

Kentuckiana Lodge co-trainers, Nathan Purdon and Cran Dalgety, with flag-bearing 3YO filly, Dr Susan

“We actually turned Dr Susan out for a few days at Benstud after she won the Gold Bracelet, then discovered there’s a $30,000 race at Menangle for her on April 18,” said senior Kentuckiana Lodge trainer, Cran Dalgety.

“She’ only going to be three for about another 10 weeks, so we may as well make the most of it. She has thrived over there,” he said.


After a two-week isolation period at the Novotel Hotel in Auckland, senior Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety returned to West Melton for Easter and a return to farm life.

However, like at every other NZ stable, activity at Kentuckiana Lodge is different to a few weeks ago, with trainers playing a guessing game as to when regular racing will return in Canterbury.

“We’ve halved up our team, and while everyone is crying poverty, hopefully we can keep feeding the kids at home,” he quipped.

“There has been some talk of trying to start racing again at Addington on May 28 or 29, but we have to wait and see if regulations are lifted.

“There’s also talk of only four tracks racing, but if we could race two or three times a week at Addington, we could end up like Menangle, and that would offer good regular racing in Christchurch.”

When racing does resume, another problem will be for administrators confirming how many horses are available to race in each rating group in order to allow fields to be carded.

If there is further NZ racing this season, the debut season for Dalgety and Purdon has been very successful.

They were the sixth leading NZ trainers before the lockdown, with 38 wins, 28 seconds and nine thirds, their team winning $415,564.

Given most of the race squad began the season as maiden three-year-olds, results have exceeded pre-season expectations.

Dr Susan’s top Australian 3YO filly racing season has been an added bonus, snaring Group One wins in the Victorian Oaks and Bathurst Gold Bracelet, and winning the Group Two Raith Memorial in 1:52.1 (1609m).

She’s won six of her eight Australian starts, winning an additional $A200,030 for breeder-owner,Chrissie Dalgety.


Due to the alterted economic business climate, some five or 10 percent shares in the Kentuckiana Lodge yearlings secured from the NZ Bloodstock Yearling Sales in February, have become available again.

Any prospective owners wanting to take shares in potential winners of the future can discuss the options with Cran or Nathan.

On colt still with muliple shares available is;

AJIRA (Bettor’s Delight-Allura colt), Sale Price, $80,000

Ajira (Bettor’s Delight-Allura colt).

By champion sire Bettor’s Delight, bred on the classic Bettor’s-Christian Cullen cross, this colt has plenty going for him wirth a full “black page” pedigree on his maternal side.

Dam Allura was lightly-raced winning a NZ Yearling Sales 2YO SI Graduatte, and placing in the Cheviot 2YO Stakes.

She’s already a proven broodmare, leaving Ajira’s classy older brother Aloka (p3, 1:54.2), a four-time winner at two and three for $77,940, before meeting with an untimely early demise, including a win in the Group Three Diamond Creek 2YO Classic.

Allura is also the dam of the lightly-raced Adhika (3YO colt by Bettor’s Delight), who has placed once in six starts.

Ajira’s grand-dam, Nevermore (p3, 1:56.1), was a former top filly, being the 1993 NZ 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year, winning seen races inluding a Caduceus Club Classic and the NZ Sires Stakes 2YO Fillies Championship at two.

Nevermore (Nero’s BB-No Regrets) has also been successful as a broodmare, leaving 14 foals, 11 to race for 10 individual winners, including Franco No More (1:55, US).

She’s also the grand-dam of $100,000-plus winners Chancellor Cuillen (1:52.8, US) and Nevermind Franco (1:51.4, US), and nearly $500,000 winner, Glenferrie Hood (1:52, Aust), winner of 44 Australian races including a Group Two Queensland Cup and Group Three Terang Cup.

Nevermore’s sister New Review became the grand-dam of top pacer, NZ Cup runner-up, Franco Nelson (1:50.3, Aust, 23 wins & $872,493), and many other winners, including Franco Noriega (1:52.6, Aust).

If interested in securing a share, or shares in Ajira, please contact Cran on either 03-318-1606 or 0274-360-667.


After winning four in two nights on March 7 and 8, including the Group One Breckon Farms Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes at Auckland with exciting juvenile Krug, training partners, Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon, have rolled out 15 new individual 3YO winner this season.

Krug, one of only two juvenile starters this term, won three of his four starts.

Their NZ winners for the season are:

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

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, and now has dual Group One wins with Cran, co-preparing Dr Susan to win the 2020 Victorian Oaks, and Krug to win the Young Guns Final at Auckland.

The younger horseman’s focus is now as a trainer, with the partners seeking the best drivers available for race competition, although Nathan’s strike rate as a driver continues to rank highly.


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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