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Auckland Reactor 'gone burger' January 15

09:54 PM 17 Nov 2009 NZDT
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Auckland Reactor will have the services
Auckland Reactor will have the services - of Maurice McKendry in the 2012 NZ Cup.
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In a democratic world the majority always wins and that is why John Curtin, the syndicate manager for Auckland Reactor is reluctantly going to have to farewell his harness racing champion from these shores in the middle of January.

Curtin said he had been talking to the 10 owners of the two-times New Zealand Harness Horse-of-the-Year on Monday, and although they had agreed to let the 5-year-old son of Mach Three start in the $500,000 Miracle Mile at Menangle Park in Sydney on Sunday week (November 29), he will be an ex-Kiwi come January 15.

"The (North American) owners said to see how he come through the Miracle Mile before committing to the $400,000 Victoria Cup (at Tabcorp Park) on January 9. He will then leave for the United States on January 15," Curtin said.

He said Auckland Reactor would not line up in the $100,000 Treuer Memorial at Bankstown in New South Wales on December 5.

"He will return to Christchurch after the Victoria Cup before being prepared to be exported to the United States. It's a bit of a shame really because there are still more than $2 million in stakes money up for grabs down here but the owners are insistent on getting him to America.

"They (the North American owners) want to qualify him in May for June racing," Curtin said.

The Northern Hemisphere owners don't want a piece of the following action, which saddens Curtin a little:

The $A50,000 First Interdominion Heat at Harold Park on Feb 19; the second $50,000 Interdominion Heat at Newcastle on February 27; and the $1 million Interdominion Final at Menangle on March 7; and then the $500,000 Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park on March 12.

There's also two Western Australia Group One events he could also tackle - the $125,000 Australian Pacing Championships at Gloucester Park on January 15 and the $400,000 Western Australian Pacing Cup at the same venue a week later.

"I'm just hoping he wins both the Miracle Mile and Victoria Cup. That might be statement enough to leave him down here for the Interdominion Grand Final. It's not every day you get to race for $1 million. It's a shame because they are all mobile starts which works in our favour as well," Curtin said.

He believed new driver Tony Herlihy would bring the best out of Auckland Reactor leaving the finer details for Mark Purdon to iron out while in Australia.

"Mark is a perfectionist and without the pressure of driving I think we will see the best of Auckland Reactor. The North Americans are a hard lot to convince, but they own the horse and they rightly have the last say," Curtin said.

"Auckland Reactor could be earning good money down here especially on that big Menangle track which would suit his racing style, but that's not the way the owners see it," he added.

Early indications are that Auckland Reactor will be trained by former Australian Ross Croghan, who is based in New Jersey.

For the record Auckland Reactor has now raced 30 times for 25 wins, two placings and $1,471,741 in career stakes since making his winning debut at Timaru in September 2007.

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Duane RANGER (Editor)

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