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The successful Harness Racing Stable of Kentuckiana Lodge from Canterbury New Zealand, has added a new edition to their stable for the 2020/21 harness racing season. Chrissie Dalgety has joined the training partnership along side Nathan Purdon who is heading into his second season in the job. Chrissie, who is Cran Dalgety’s wife has played a large part in the input of Kentuckiana Lodge over the years, and comes into the training partnership looking to add diversity into the operation and to continue excelling. Chrissie herself holds shares in around 16 of the stables race horses currently. Chrissie says, “I am looking forward to the upcoming season and am excited for some of our younger stock to step out, along with targeting some nice races with our current racehorses.” Kentuckiana Lodge who have just come out of their first season in training partnership with Nathan Purdon had a very successful 2019/20 racing season finishing 4th in the National Premiership. The season was highlighted for them with the unleashing of exciting Juvenile Krug who won his first Group 1 in the $150,000 2yo Young Guns Final in Auckland in march. Also Dr Susan winning the $150,000 Group 1 Victorian Oaks in Melbourne in January. Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    Fabrizio will give his rivals something to chase at Addington on Friday night if he can match the confidence shown in him around the stable this week The Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon trained three-year-old will attempt to complete a post-lockdown hat-trick when he clashes with open class star Nandolo in the meeting’s feature pace. Fabrizio not only steps up in class after running sizzling sectionals in his two impressive victories, but the pacer will also have to negotiate his first standing start in race 7. When queried about this, Dalgety did not mince his words. “He will begin like a rocket.” The trainer then qualified that big statement by confirming that Fabrizio should begin well if he faces up to the tapes well and is not hindered by anything beyond his control. “He is a pretty sensible horse, so I am expecting him to step away pretty well if everything goes to plan.” Dalgety is just as confident about Fabrizio measuring up to the class of horses like Nandolo, Tango Tara and Cast No Shadow. “He has really come on recently.” “He is only a three-year-old, but he is almost four and four-year-olds win cups these days.” “So, I don’t think he will have too much trouble in that grade.” Fabrizio gets a head start on two of his main rivals in Friday night’s 2600m handicap. He starts on the front line alongside Tango Tara, who hit the line strongly for second when resuming behind Nandolo last week. Third placegetter, Cast No Shadow starts from the 10m mark ahead of Nandolo, who is 20m behind the front markers. Stepping up in class is not something Star Of Timpany has to conquer, despite her last start win at Addington. The two-year-old looks exceptionally well placed under the rating 45-51 conditions of race 6. “This is going to be her last start before we give her a bit of a break,” Dalgety said. “She is fit and well and should go another good race.” Dalgety gave Alta Endeavour the nod as his leading chance in race 8. The three-year-old will clash with his stablemate, El Dorado, in the 1980m event after his last start win at Addington. El Dorado comes in to the race after fading out after over-racing in his last start. “El Dorado got pulling last time, which he can do,” Dalgety said. “He has certainly got to the speed to be in it, but Alta Endeavour is probably the better chance because he can rough it a bit more.” The Dalgety and Purdon stable also have consistent maiden, Invaluable, in race 3 and Gemma Mac in race 2. Fabrizio is not the only horse seeking a post lockdown hat-trick at Addington on Friday night. Trainers Greg and Nina Hope and driver Gerard O’Reilly will try to make it three in a row with their refreshed and revitalised squaregaiter, Matua Tana, in race 9, the meeting’s 2600m feature handicap trot. The big-striding six-year-old comes into the event after producing a crushing performance in his last start to take down open class star, Majestic Man. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner    Chevron Action and El Dorado have made the most of harness racing’s enforced hiatus and are ready to show that at Addington on Thursday. The handbrake that has put harness racing on hold across the country is set to be released when the first of nine races gets underway at noon. While the break has been a major headache for stables across the country and disastrous for the TAB, it has brought some small silver linings. The Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon trained pairing of Chevron Action and El Dorado provide two examples. Chevron Action looked to be have risen to the peak of her powers when second in the New Zealand Trotting Oaks before lockdown. But, the break has proven she has even more to offer. Because the 3yr-old trotter will return an even better prospect on Thursday. “She has definitely improved from the little break she has had,” Purdon said. “Her trip to Auckland really made her and then having the two weeks out during the lockdown, she has really thrived on that.” The Dalgety-Purdon barn has readied Chevron Action for her resumption with two trials. The filly was soundly beaten when third behind race rival, Sioux Princess, in the first. Chevron Action then looked much sharper when beating her smart stablemate, Chloe Rose, to win a week later. “We were pretty happy with her last trial, she found the line pretty good,” Purdon said. That latest effort and her progress through lockdown should combine to make Chevron Action hard to beat in race 7 on Thursday Afternoon. “She should go close, really,” Purdon said. “She is generally pretty safe in her gait now, so she should be hard to beat.” Sioux Princess’s tearaway Addington trial win suggests she will be the hardest horse for Chevron Action to beat. El Dorado will step out in Dalgety and Purdon’s colours for the second time in race 6 on Thursday. Like his stablemate, the 3yr-old thrived during lockdown. “When we first got him he was quite green and he hadn’t quite hit his hopples, really.” Purdon said. “He was quite ill-gaited for a while, but he seems to have come out of it, just with time more than anything.” El Dorado has had one trial ahead of his resumption, finishing fifth behind race rival Ohoka Matty when not fully extended in the straight. The Dalgety-Purdon camp feel they have found the right race for El Dorado to make a stylish resumption on Thursday. “He seems well and he is in the right race to suit him.” Purdon said. “He should probably go pretty close.” Chevron Action and El Dorado will provide something of an entre for Dalgety and Purdon stable followers before the Kentuckiana Lodge trainers line up a big 12-strong team at the same track on Friday night. Like many horsepeople across the country, the pair simply can not wait to get back to the races. “We have been waiting a long time for it, it sort of feels like the start of the new season,” Purdon said.  “We will be looking forward to it and we have got a big day on Friday, as well.”  Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Canterbury trainer Cran Dalgety prides himself on being a glass half-full sort of guy. But the lack of racing of late and the issues facing the industry have got him thinking. “I find myself wondering sometimes if working like Trojan is the sensible thing to do, plus the mental stress of it all.” Dalgety only returned to his West Melton property in early April. With the country in lockdown he was forced into quarantine in an Auckland hotel after returning from Sydney where his star filly Dr Susan had won the $100,000 Bathurst Gold Crown. At Kentuckiana Lodge Dalgety and partner Nathan Purdon have 18 horses in work at the moment. Before COVID-19 closed down all racing in this country they had strung together 38 wins from 173 starts. Last week they took 15 to the trials at Addington , picking up a couple of wins, with Invaluable and Star Of Timpany. “With the unorthodox training program we put together they all trialled very well considering. They will all benefit from their runs,” said Dalgety. But it’s two others that have caught his eye of late : “Fabrizio and Twilight Bromac are ticking along nicely.” Fabrizio has won two from eight, including a last start win at Alexandra Park on New Year’s Eve, while Twilight Bromac is a two-year-old Art Major colt. Addington and Albion Park in Queensland will be the focus in up-coming months, with racing resuming at Addington on May 29. A trainer since the early 1990s, Dalgety’s best year for winners was 115 in 2013. As for his thoughts about the racing industry and its pros and cons he says he’s not being negative, rather he’s ”looking forward to smelling some sweeter roses real soon”.   Harness Racing New Zealand

By Garrick Knight    The first batch of race-ready juveniles will step out at Alexandra Park tonight in a $25,000 Young Guns heat. For Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon, it’s a chance to step out a colt they have very high hopes for as perhaps their next stable star. His name is Krug and at $155,000, he was the third highest-priced colt out of the Christchurch yearling sales earlier this year. Money well spent according to Purdon. “He’s probably right up there with some of the best two-year-olds that I’ve driven,” he declares. “He’s definitely got a lot of ability and this trip away is doing him the world of good. “A typical Bettor’s Delight; has got a great attitude and is very versatile.” After being unbeaten in two trials in his home province, Krug came north and immediately made an impression winning at Pukekohe on November 30, over most of the horses he meets tonight. But First Class, co-trained by Purdon’s father, Mark, turned the tables on Krug in a workout between races at Alexandra Park last Friday night, and that has him a little weary tonight. Especially with Krug drawn wide and First Class in the two-hole. “First Class looks the one to beat on what he showed last week. “Blair Orange drove our guy last week and was very happy with him; he didn’t ask him for too much and just came out at the top of the straight. “He got in a wee bit on the journey so we’ve put a rein pole on him tonight to help that.” Purdon just wants to see Krug do everything right and hit the line well tonight, to confirm that they are on track for richer upcoming assignments. “The main aim is for him just to do everything right. It would surprise me if he didn’t because he’s got great manners. “He’s grown a lot in the last six weeks and hasn’t copped a lot of hard work. “We’ve given him four or five days off here and there to manage him through it and he seems pretty bright at the moment. “He’s a horse that we think has a big future, but he’ll tell us how far he wants to go this season.” Also tonight, Dalgety and Purdon line up three-year-old trotting filly Chevron Action against the older horses over a mile. “She’s a lovely trotter and one that has really matured since she’s been up here. “I think she’s thriving on the trip but as far as the race tonight goes, she’s against the older ones and I wonder whether the mile might be the undoing of her.” The team has Gemma Mac and Dr Susan in the Group 1 Ladyship Stakes tomorrow night and Purdon says the latter is the stable’s better chance of running in the money. “She’s a lovely filly and is probably thriving fractionally more than Gemma Mac up here. “The other filly has squeezed up a bit, which isn’t uncommon in Art Majors, but just the way they’ve been going I think Dr Susan is our better hope. “Probably can’t beat Amazing Dream but wouldn’t surprise me if she ran in the money.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner Trainers Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon hope to continue the brilliant start they have made to the new season at Addington on Thursday night. Their new training partnership has gotten off to a flying start in its first six weeks by producing 11 winners from just 30 starters. And they hope to keep that up that good form. “As you know you have to keep it going, we don’t want to be a flash in the pan,” Dalgety said. “So, we will try to keep the momentum going.” Four of Dalgety and Purdon’s 11 victories, so far this term, have come from Arden Roanoke. Dalgety said the trainers are reaping the rewards after the former high priced yearling finally grew in to his frame. “When you pay a lot of money for them you want to get to the races as quick as you can.” “But, he simply wasn’t ready and he was quite immature for a few seasons.” Arden Roanoke beat Hayden’s Meddle, Smarter VC and Pay Me Visa when getting up late to nail Kruizr on the line in a similar event at Addington, last week. The five pacers will square off again on Thursday night. Arden Roanoke could be an even harder horse to beat when he returns to the track, this week, Dalgety said. “He has really improved since his last run.” Almost all of the eight runners in 1980m event look to have legitimate winning hopes. Smart 3yr-olds Global Domination and Dadndave return to make their 4yr-olds in the race. Storm Prince drops massively in class after starting in Classie Brigade’s Maurice Holmes Vase. The Dalgety and Purdon stable are looking forward to Bettathanfast resuming from a short winter spell on Thursday night. Dalgety said the 4yr-old should also return to Addington better than before. “We do like him – he has really improved.” “He was big and ugly, he was a bit like a big thoroughbred, he just lacked a bit of middle in him, last campaign.” Bettathanfast showed he was looking good when he held out Koenigsegg, who looks also looks a strong winning chance on Thursday night, to win a trial at Rangiora, last week. “I think he will be a really good under grade free-for-all horse and country cups horse and I reckon he will perform really good [on Thursday] night,” Dalgety said. Maiden 3yr-old Invaluable looks another strong chance for the Dalgety-Purdon stable at Addington. He went down fighting to Tyron's Bit Of Lemon after working hard in his last start at Winton. “I would like to think he wouldn’t be a maiden for too much longer,” Dalgety said. Woman In Gold will also attempt to break her maiden at Addington. The 3yr-old faded in to fourth after doing plenty of work in her last start at Winton. “She did work hard early, she worked for about the first 700m.” “I thought it wasn’t a bad run, because she did fight hard up the straight.” Pocket Watch steps sharply up in grade after clearing maiden ranks at Forbury in his last start. Dalgety is hopeful the 3yr-old’s good manners can help put him in a striking position. “He has got to jump up three classes, rather than one.” “But his forte is he is very quick from a stand and I am excited to draw the front line with him.” “So, he will put himself in a good position for the first part of the race.” Dalgety and Purdon will have one other starter this week with Donegal Mary Francis heading to Invercargill on Saturday. The 5yr-old looks a strong winning chance for new stable employee, junior driver Sarah O’Reilly.  Reprinted with permission of Harness Racing New Zealand

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