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On a week where harness racing entered lockdown for at least a month, Kentukiana Lodge senior trainer, Cran Dalgety, and wife Chrissie, made the most of a huge opportunity winning the $100,000 Bathurst Gold Bracelet with star filly Dr Susan.

Where NZ competitors had no opportunity for earning, the Dalgetys, and junior training partner Nathan Purdon pocketed the Group One bonus their last earn for months given the precarious situation the world finds itself in with the global pandemic.

Gold Reusult. Gold-plated filly Dr Susan and driver Anthony Butt easily win the Group One Bathurst Gold Bracelet on Mach 28, 2020. (HRSW photo).

Australian victories his year for Dr Susan in the Group One Victorian Oaks, Group and the Group One Bathurst Gold Bracelet, and the Group Two Raith Memorial, couldn’t have been more timely for team Dalgety, who are handling their most challenging financial year due to unusual external circumstances.

Cran had no option to base himself in NSW last week to prepare the filly for Bathurst and returned to Auckland on Sunday, where he has to undergo a two-week self isolation period from his family.
Dr Susan,despite thriving in Australia, has ended her 3YO racing, wih the $100,600 Queenland Oaks in July now abandoned.

The only downside of Susan’s Bracelet victory as a dominating $1.15 favourite for her army of supporters and the Dalgetys was a repeat of a slight tangle behind the gate in the score-up for driver Anthony Butt, resulting in another stewards warning regarding her mobile barrier manners.

Quickly putting that issue aside, Dr Susan was all business as usual once the barrier arms folded, leading throughout over the 2260m to win in a 1:56.3 rate.

The slick daughter of champion sire Bettor’s Delight and 2013 NZ Oaks runner-up Safedra (1:56.3), herself a daughter of 2001 Australian Breeders Crown an NSW Oaks winner Sparks A Flyin (1:52), quickened over her last 800m in 56s and her final 400m in 27.8s to hold second favourite, Vinvenzina.

Dr Susan, bred and raced by Chrissie Dalgety, already has a 1:52.1 mile mark herself from her Raith Memorial success, and just continues to compliment a huge contribution grand-dam Sparks A Flyin made maternally to the pedigree page of the family.

All of her progeny continued to flourish as they aged like a good wine, headed by the evergreen $1 million earner Bettor’s Fire (1:50.2, 59 wins, who is still winning at 12 in North America, after a former stellar Australasian career.

Sparks A Flyin 921 wins & $627,218), also previously trained by Cran Dalgety for former long-time stable owners, Jim and Susan Wakefield, has been joined in the USA by half-brother (My) Alpha Rock (1:49.5, Aust.

The big Rock N Roll Heaven gelding.ho had a similar strong start to his career at Kentuckiana Lodge, winning eight of 29 starts for $59,589. advanced his record with another nine wins in Australia for the Shane and Lauren Tritton stable, taking his earnings to $A240,614.

He won his first four straight at Menangle, and became a multiple Group Australian winner with Menangle wins in the Group 3 Australian Pacing MO in 1:50.6, Vic Frost Cup in 1:50.9, Club Menangle FFA and King Of Arthur FFA (1:50.3).

Safedra, who numbered a Group 2 win in a Southland Oaks, won 10 of 48 starts for $135,577.

Grand-dam Sparks A Flyin (Sands A Flyin-Belle Glade), who died five years, also left Diomedes (1:57.5, 12 wins & $87,994), Empyrean (1:56.2, 10 wins from 28 starts for $121,302) and Victoria Derby Heat winner in Art Union (1:55.6, 17 wins & $210,120), the latter still a NZ mobile 2600m 2YO record-holder at 3:15.9.


Kentuckiana Lodge trainers, Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon, have some shares available from one purchase at the New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales in February.:

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 winners already this season.

Krug, their one of only two juvenile starters this term, and winner of three of his four starts.

Their list of the partners other 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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