Merv McQuilken, 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 the this year’s McMillan Equine Feeds NZ Junior Driver Championship in just her second season, belongs to one of NZ’ most respected and trusted harness racing families, being the daughter of Rakaia parents, Gerard and…

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, working when he can at the stables. This year, his services have been snapped up by long-time Auckland bloodstock agent and internet magnate, John Curtin, to provide a weekly column of NZ-bred harness winners in North America for the Harnesslink website. Carter…

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:  Four years. BEST HORSES TRAINED: Linda Ellen (seven trot wins), Honour Franco (four), Toss (five), Rock On Holmes (five NZ wins, 1:51.8 and over $US106,000), Abita Posh (two wins “the best I had but the best never seen…

Cran Dalgety’s professional training career continues to deliver consistent Group race wins in NZ and Australia. It’s no surprise that he has one of the best race teams in NZ. Cran’s energy and attention to detail has ensured he maximises the best racing opportunities for his owners. He believes communication with owners is paramount in running a successful…