Another winning double for Kentuckiana Lodge overnight, with Arden Roanoke and Cardinal Sin winning in fine fashion to take the seasons tally to 11 for Cran and Nathan. In a small surprise to Cran, Arden Roanoke was victorious in a tricky little race mid-programme, darting through along the inside to grab warm favourite Kruizr right…Details
TRAINING PARTNERSHIP ON WINNING RUN
The Kentuckiana Lodge team is searching for the next superstar following the shock demise of NZ Cup contender Pat’s Delight in late July.
It was a devastating setback only days out from the official launch of the Cran Dalgety-Nathan Purdon training partnership on August 1, 2019.
Pat’s Delight, despite looking perfect and training enormously, died suddenly from a wild card heart attack. However, thanks to the continued support of valued owners, life at the showcase training etablishment continues to beat optimistically and it’s business as usual.
Cran and Nathan had a handy team of young maidens to step out in August, and as expected, they were off and saluting weekly.
Early August race success for the new training partnership couldn’t have gone much smoother.
They jumped to an early premiership lead with six August wins.
Promising Sweet Lou maiden three-year-olds, Im A Gigolo (two) and Arden’s Sweetheart (one), were quick to salute, complimented by other wins from Arden Roanoke (two) and She’s A Rebel.
Now they have another five wins in the first two weeks of September, with other nice maidens Chevron Flies and Pocket Watch, another win by Arden Roanake, this time at Addington on September 13, and an impressive Addington double by progressive 3YO, Cardinal Sin.
Cran, who gained his first training win with Laud at Addington in 1992, had prepared the winners of 1231 races in NZ for over $14.4 million in stakes, including the 2013 NZ trainer premiership.
He is excited to team up with Nathan, son of top Allstars trainer, Mark Purdon, regularly NZ’s top trainer since 2000.
“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..