Merv McQuilkin, a well-travelled former North Islander from Te Kawhata, joined the team at Kentuckiana Lodge in September, 2019. “He’s mainly lived overseas and worked as a helicopter pilot, used to be a luxury skipper, has a black belt in Karate, and has trained dolphins in Los Angeles,” Cran said. “He reckons his cousin is…

Junior driver opportunities within the stable were boosted with a transfer by Sarah O’Reilly in September, 2019. Sarah, winner of this year’s McMillan Equine Feeds NZ Junior Driver Championship in just her second season, added the Australasian Young Drivers Championship to her impressive junior record in December. She belongs to one of NZ’ most respected…

Co-trainer Nathan Purdon welcomed the opportunity to join senior trainer, Cran Dalgety, in an official partnership in 2019-20, after focusing his attentions to training, rather than race-driving . A son of Mark Purdon, regularly NZ’s top winning trainer since the year 2000, Nathan gained early success as a Group One winning trainer and driver in…

Carter Dalgety, son of Cran and Chrissie, is following in the family footsteps, having his first workout drives at Rangiora on December 4, 2019. A busy young man with studies, and strong interests in racing, rugby and boxing, Carter added racing journalism to his C.V. He was offered to provide a weekly column by long-time…

Chrissie Dalgety, Cran’s wife, has an integral role in the Kentuckiana Lodge operation. She is Kentuckiana Lodge’s administration and public relations manager. Chrissie has witnessed procedures of running harness stables from an early age with her parents, Jenny and the late Murray Butt. Her brothers, Tim, Anthony and Roddy, are all successful horsemen, with Tim…

David Whittle, a former successful junior driver in the 1990s, has assisted part-time at the weekends for the Kentuckiana Lodge team since 2009. He drove 32 winners (all as a junior), and one in Australia, when mainly attached to the Geoff Dunn stable. He won six races in the mid 1990s as the owner of …

Fact File PREVIOUS EMPLOYERS: George Noble, Jack Carmichael, Cecil Devine. KENTUCKIANA LODGE EMPLOYEMENT: 6 years. BEST HORSES TRAINED: Lord Guy (sold after qualifying as 2YO, won 2007 $150,000 West Australia Derby), Sir Lance. BEST HORSE SEEN/DRIVEN IN WORK: Lord Module. FAVOURITE FOOD: Bacon and eggs. SPORTING INTERESTS: Rugby, league. FAVOURITE MUSIC ARTIST: Elvis Presley. FAVOURITE…

Fact File PREVIOUS EMPLOYERS: Barrie Hamilton, Robert Dunn, Roydon Lodge, Cecil Devine, Derek Jones. KENTUCKIANA LODGE EMPLOYMENT:  14 years (except one year in Aus) BEST HORSES TRAINED: Benchmark (2018 Group Three $30.000 Summer Trot FFA, Addington; 2017 Group Three $A28,000 Bulli Trotters Cup, Menangle; Linda Ellen (seven trot wins), Honour Franco (four), Toss (five), Rock…

Cran Dalgety, the man behind Kentuckiana Lodge, achieved one of his ambitions by taking out the NZ trainers premiership in 2013. Now at a time in his life where he wants to encourage the enthusiasm of Nathan Purdon, the pair have teamed up in a partnership and, as expected, more winners were flowing early in…