Auckland Reactor to miss the Golden Mile

12:47 AM 11 Apr 2012 NZST
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Paul FItzpatrick Auckland Reactor Gavin Fitzpatrick
Paul FItzpatrick
Auckland Reactor - Registered an easy victory in (Heat 6) in the second round.
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Gavin Fitzpatrick

Star pacer Auckland Reactor will not compete in this Saturday night's (April 14) Golden Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle and will now have his first run since harness racing's prestigious Inter Dominion Grand Final in the Group One Len Smith Mile on Saturday April 28.

Trainer Paul Fitzpatrick, who is in charge of the stallion's Sydney preparation, ensured the seven year old son had a searching workout between races at Menangle on Monday night to remain on target.

"I didn't put him in the Golden Mile because I don't think he is quite ready to go back to the races just yet and there isn't anything suitable after that," Fitzpatrick said.

"He had a good hit-out on Monday night and while he worked the 1:55 mile that I wanted him to he blew quite a bit after the work and that told me that he might need a few more serious sessions at home before the Len Smith Mile rather than racing him when he is underdone."

Auckland Reactor performed below his best in the Inter Dominion final at Gloucester Park and had a setback on arriving in New South Wales.

"He had a week in Victoria to get over the Inter Dominion plus the travel from Western Australia and then when he arrived here he got a stone bruise so he had another setback but since then he has been doing everything he has been asked."

"He is a magnificent horse to have around the place and you wouldn't know that he is a seven year old stallion because he is an absolute gentleman around the mares, he's pretty quiet and no trouble at all."

Fitzpatrick confirmed that his son Gavin will drive the son of Mach Three in the Len Smith Mile.

"Gavin will be driving Auckland Reactor and Blake has the drive on Sir Lincoln which is due to arrive at our place on Wednesday."

"Auckland Reactor will go back to Mark Purdon after the Len Smith Mile but it has been a pleasure looking after him."

Courtesy of HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES

Auckland Reactor's last win in a heat of the 2012 Inter Dominion Pacing Championships at Gloucester Park (Feb. 24, 2012):

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