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 Queensland in 2016, after taking over the preparation of Ohoka Punter from Tony Herlihy.
Nathan trained and drove the top pacer to beat fellow topliner, Hectojayjay, in the Blacks A Fake at Albion Park..
He was back for a third stint working for Cran (formerly a NZ training premiership winner himself in 2013), when the partnership was formed in the winter of 2019.
Nathan, who has also spent short periods working in Victoria and West Australia, gained his first driving win behind a subsequent NZ Cup winner in Arden Rooney at Rangiora on October 20, 2013.
He also had trial drives behind another NZ Cup winner, top mare Adore Me, and was the regular groom for her when working for his father in 2014-15.
Nathan, is also the grandson of the respected doyen of NZ harness racing trainers, Roy Purdon.
He is also a nephew of another of NZ’s iconic harness trainers, Barry Purdon, who formerly won 17 NZ training premiership titles with Roy (1978-1995) and another two in 1996 and 2003.
Cran assisted Barry’s Clevedon stable in his formative younger years. The Purdon-Dalgety families have forged a long-standing and rewarding relationship for decades.
Nathan’s mother Vicki formerly formerly co-raced two-time Australasian Grand Circuit champ, Christen Me, when trained by Cran, during some of the stable’s most rewarding seasons.