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Experienced mentor Cran Dalgety will enter an official training partnership with younger horseman Nathan Purdon from August 1.

Nathan, son of premier trainer Mark Purdon, already has a Group One training win on his own account during a stint with Okoka Punter in the 2016 Blacks A Fake in Queensland.

Cran Dalgety

Cran Dalgety

Nathan Purdon

“The decision 90 percent revolves around Nathan,” said Cran Dalgety, who informed his owners of the partnership this week.

“Nathan wants to take the next step into training instead of driving and is raring to go.”

“I love his enthusisam and he wants to bring a few of Mark (Purdon’s) ideas in.”

Nathan, who finishes as a junior driver on July 31, will continue next term primarily as a preparation driver for the team, with top drivers engaged for feature racing.

Cran says he sees the move to a partnership as a forward step.

“It is by no means a backward step on my behalf. I’m always living and learning so I feel good about it and see it as being a little bit better than we’ve got.”

With many of the stable’s established horses sold in the last two years, there has been plenty of work going on behind the scenes to develop a promising new team.

Flagship pacer Pat’s Delight is back and pleasing his connections with his lead up work to the new season.

“He’s looking really good. We’ve very happy with him,” Cran said.

“We have a few nice maidens we hope to bring out in August and more classic type young ones to step out later.”

Cran, who gained his first training win with Laud at Addington in 1992, has prepared the winners of 1231 races in NZ for over $14.4 million in stakes.

He is yet to train a New Zealand Cup winner, but has a second and a third in the famous race with previous entries, Bettor’s Strike (2009) and Christen Me (2013).

Cran has won trained winners of NZ’s other premier events, the 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 has gained experience working throughout Australasia.

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

Nathan returned to Kentuckiana Lodge at the start of this year, following a stint in Auckland.


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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