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Kiwis cop 'visitor draws' in the Ballarat Cup

07:59 AM 22 Jan 2013 NZDT
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More bad luck for Auckland Reactor
More bad luck for Auckland Reactor - this time he's copped the 11 draw in the Ballarat Cup.

The Kiwis may have drawn just about as bad as they possibly could have in Friday's (January 25) Ballarat Cup, but unfortunately, we can't blame a rigged Australian system as the harness racing field was drawn manually.

The Ballarat and District Trotting Club opened its doors this morning (Tuesday January 22) and a big crowd flooded in to watch the barrier draw for the Group One $150,000 Petstock Ballarat Cup.

Unfortunately for the New Zealand representatives and their connections we didn't get what we were looking for in terms of barrier draws.

Bendigo Cup runner-up Mah Sish drew 9 following out Smudge Bromac while Auckland Reactor landed barrier 11.

Making matters worse for the Kiwis is the fact that former member of the All Stars team and emphatic Bendigo Cup winner Sushi Sushi landed the ace.

From there the 5yo son of Art Major is likely to be backed as unbeatable but the more I look into the race the more I think that may not be the case, after all in any race where you have Lance Justice and Smoken Up (12) competing, there is bound to be plenty of mid race pressure.

The 10yo Tinted Cloud gelding was heroic in his last outing fighting back after being clearly beaten to claim his fourth SA Cup over Caribbean Blaster in which has since been described as the closest thing harness racing has seen to the Bonecrusher/ Our Waverley Star dual.

The telling point of the race will be what Greg Sugars does on Sushi Sushi when Justice and Smoken Up make their customary mid-race move.

In last year's edition of the race, the two went to war and set it up for New Zealander Highview Tommy who came over the top of them and won at odds of $102.

If a similar scenario eventuated again it could set it up for another swooper, with New Zealand's Auckland Reactor and Mah Sish as well as the Mccarthy trained Mach Alert looking the most likely candidates.

Auckland Reactor (by Mach Three) is currently relaxing much better in his races, and seems to be nearing something like his best form.

"I was very pleased with Auckland Reactor the other night in Bendigo. It was a fast last quarter but he still made ground and once he got clear he really dug in and sprinted hard. It was encouraging considering it was only his second run up since the NZ Cup'' - This week's All Stars Stables quote of the week-Natalie Rasmussen shares her thoughts on Auckland Reactor recent third in the Bendigo Cup.

Barrier Draw for $150,000 Ballarat Pacing Cup

1 Sushi Sushi

2 Smudge Bromac

3 Mach Alert

4 Mustang Mach

5 Motu Crusader

6 Saint Flash

7 Melpark Major


8 Decorated Jasper

9 Mah Sish

10 Devil Dodger

11 Auckland Reactor

12 Smoken Up

by Mitchell ROBERTSON

Highview Tommy and Mark Purdon win the Group One 2012 Ballarat Pacing Cup:

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