Kentuckiana Lodge



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 Dalgety

Nathan Purdon

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.

Former Kentuckiana Lodge Aust. Grand Circuit star, Christen Me, shown in his big 2014 Miracle Mile win at Menangle in 1:49.1.

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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