First season raining partners, Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon, have exceeded expectations with 49 winners in the 2019-20 season, for $488,344 in stakes,placing them fiourth-equal on fthe trainers premiershio.. They have rollled out 18 new individual 3YO winners this season.
Krug, one of only three juvenile starters this term, has won four of his six starts, while filly Star of Timpany, and Alta Sensation were other Addington 2yo winners for them in late June-early July.
Bettor’s Delight colt Krug is set for a good end to the disrupted season after winning impressively again at Addington in earlyJuly in a 1:57 rate over 1980m), thel last 800m in 55.9s and 400m in 28s., then repeating at Addington in mid-July.
Their latest maiden winner, on July 17, Beaudiene Hustler, was finally rewarded at his 11th attempt for the Alabar Racing Syndictate, after some rotten luck in his initial racing
He was untroubled to hold the the front and win convincingly.
Theeir second to last maiden winner Alta Sensation, given every chance from the trail by top driver Blair Orange looks like rewarding his owners after being a $38,000 Karaka yearling last year.
He;s from a good speed family and looks set to impress heading into his 3yo racing.
His dam has now left has left six to race for six fast winners.”
They include earlier standouts,: Alta Maestro (p2, 1:53.3, NZ record-holder), fast USA winner Alta Jerome (1:50.6, 29 wins), Alta Surreal (1:54.2, Aust), Alta Las Vegas (p3, 1:57.6) and Alta Teresa (p3, 1:53.8).
Even more appeal to Cran is the fact her dam Alta Camilla (p3, 1:57.3, five wins) is a smart half-sister to Alta Christiano (p3, 1:54.9, 13 wins & $309,164), a fomrer NZ Kingergarten Stakes winner in NZ and WA Derby winner.
Alta Camilla is also a half-sister to Alta Ronaldo (p3, 1:57.1, five wins) and Alta Ricardo (1:58.5).
Their NZ winners for the season are:Fabrizio (five),Krug (four(),Arden Roanoke (four), Bettathanfast (four); Gemma Mac (three), Im A Gigolo (three),Chevron Flies (three), Dr Susan (two), Cardinal Sin (two), Donegal Mary Francis (two), Arden’s Reality (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, Dance With Stars. El Dorado, Star Of Timpany, Fortunia,Alta Sensation and Beauidiene Hustler.
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 co