DR SUSAN JUSTIFIES HOT FAVOURITISM AT MENANGLE An inspired decision to take in the Group Two $50,000 Garrards Raith Memorial at Menangle paid off for Dr Susan with a 1:52.1 mile on Saturday, January 11. Dr Susan, trained by Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon for Cran’s wife Chrissie, was perfectly rated by driver Anthony Butt,…Details
SUCCESSFUL DEBUT SEASON FOR TRAINING PARTNERS
The Kentuckiana Lodge team racked up 31 domestic victories in the first four months of the 2019-20 season, then added a Group Two $50,000 3YO fillies feature at Menangle on January 11 with Dr Susan.
The latter furthered her good Auckland form through December, culminating in a Group One third in the Alabar Sires Stakes 3YO Fillies Championship on New Year’s Eve.
The partners were rewarded with a winning double at the Auckland New Year’s Eve premier meeting with Krug cofirming his juvenile potentila by leading thoughout in the $20,500 Young Gun Series Heat,
Meanwhile, improving 3YO Fabrizio notched his second Alexandra Park win for the month and keeps going from strength-to-strength.
The partners have rolled out 15 new individual 3YO winners already this season, and Krug, their only juvenile starter and winner.
Their list of winners for the season are:
Arden Roanoke (four), Bettathanfast (three), Im A Gigolo (three), Cardinal Sin (two), Donegal Mary Francis (two), Fabrizio (two) Gemma Mac (two), and the single race winners, She’s A Rebel, Chevron Flies, Pocket Watch, Arden’s Sweetheart, Woman In Gold, Alta Endeavour, Arden’s Reality, Dr Susan, Pink Flamingo Run, and Chevron Action, Dance With Stars and Krug.
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.
The younger horseman’s focus is now as a trainer, with the partners seeking the best drivers available for race competition.
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