Kentuckiana Lodge



The 2019-20 Kentuckiana Lodge training partnership of Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon kept the wins ticking over with maiden Arden’s Reality scoring at Addington on Friday, October 18, but a brace of four wins by the Allstars Stables has them leading again at the end of the night’s play.

Nathan’s father Mark Purdon, and partner Natalie Rasmussen, moved to 21 wins, two ahead of the Cran Dalgety-Nathan Purdon team, with the Robert Dunn stable, third on 18 wins.

Cran Dalgety

Arden’s Reality became the 12th individual winner for the Kentuckiana Lodge trainers just over 2 1/2 months into their debut season, and their 10th individual 3YO winner.

Nathan Purdon

Race-placed in his two previous starts, Arden’s Reality was rewarded as a short-priced favourite after being given every chance in the trail by Matt Anderson, scoring by a length and a half in a useful 3:14.7 (mobile 2600m) on a rain-affected track.

The Somebeachsomewhere gelding is bred to win races, being from a race-winning half-sister by Badlands Hanover to 2012 Northern Derby winner, Ideal Scott (1:52.8, wins & $842,757).

Arden’s Reality, also from the same maternal family as Friday’s feature race winner, Ultimate Sniper, is raced by the John Stiven-managed The Slice Of Heaven Syndicate.

The Cran Dalgety-Nathan Purdon winners for the season are: Arden Roanoke (four), Im A Gigolo (three) Cardinal Sin (two), and the other single race winners, She’s A Rebel, Arden’s Sweeetheart, Chevron Flies, Pocket Watch, Donegal Mary Francis, Woman In Gold, Bettathanfast, Alta Endeavour, Dr Susan and Arden’s Reality.

Starting the season primarily with young maidens, the winners have flowed weekly.

The senior ideas of Cran, and the youthful ideas of Nathan, seem to be 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 has been excited to team up with Nathan, son of top Allstars trainer, Mark Purdon, the latter regularly NZ’s top trainer since 2000.

Promising Sweet Lou three-year-old, Im A Gigolo.(Race Images photo).

“I’m always leaning 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 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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