Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has a milestone in his sights and he thinks he’s a chance of getting it at Addington on Thursday night.

Dalgety takes three horses to the races while sitting on 1398 career training wins in New Zealand. 

While leaving Addington with 1401 wins would be perfect, Dalgety has been in the harness racing game far too long to start getting ahead of himself.

“It would be lovely to do it at headquarters but in this game anything can happen on the night, so we will just have to see how each race pans out.”

“You often see with these milestones, they can drag out for one reason or another.”

“So while it would be nice to do it in a hurry we won’t be planning any big parties for Thursday night.”

“What I would say though is that we take three horses to the races that are fit and healthy and they should be competitive if any luck did come their way.”

Dalgety has trained 1231 winners in his own right, 51 in partnership with Nathan Purdon and 116 in partnership with his wife and current training partner Chrissie Dalgety.

Cran and Chrissie have already passed the 1300 milestone together.

Making it to 1400 and then on to 1500 together will be special for the couple.

“It has been great bringing Chrissie into the official partnership.”

“I think anyone who has had horses with us or been to the barn will know she is a huge part of the operation.”

“So to see her get the wider recognition now is fantastic.”
“We are a real family operation with Carter coming through, daughter Laura keeping the website and social media running, and daughter Maddi always supporting from afar.”

“I am just scratching my head wondering why it took me until 1200 odd wins to go into a partnership.”

The Dalgety stable starts three runners at Addington in Jay R Tolkien, Watermelon Sugar and Black Pearl. 

“Jay R Tolkien has only had a workout and a qualifying trial and usually we would head back to the trials.”

“But everything he is showing us suggests he is ready to head to the races.”

“Barrier 1 is a big plus and he should be in it for a long way.”

“Watermelon Sugar is going great races without any luck, he doesn’t know how to go a bad race.”

“Black Pearl is fresh up after a trial win and she looks to be in a suitable race, she should run well.”

Following Addington, Kentuckiana Lodge will line up Wallflower at Alexandra Park on Friday night and Orlando Express at Rangiora on Sunday.