Nathan Purdon is a welcome addition, returning to Kentuckiana Lodge, after a stint in Auckland last year.

Nathan, an accomplished junior driver, with 34 wins, has a wealth of early experience.

A son of Allstars trainer Mark Purdon, Nathan gained early success as a Group One winning trainer and driver in Queensland, when taking over the preparation of Ohoka Punter from Tony Herlihy.

Nathan trained and drove the top pacer to take out the 2016 Blacks A Fake at Albion Park, beating Hectorjayay.

He has also had stints work in Victoria and West Australia.

Now in his his sixth season as a junior, Nathan 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.