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Rory Mcllwrick loves a bit of banter whether it be with the Williamson family, or the wider harness racing community. Today he was at the top of his game, winning a double at the Winton meeting including the feature mare’s race the Southern Belle Speed Series, with the Owen Lawrence trained Miss Auckland. The Auckland Reactor mare is in peak form at the moment having won her last three starts which includes today’s mares feature in which she beat Pay Me Speedy trained by Chelsea Faithful. “Chelsea and I have had a bit of banter going for a long time. I told her  I was coming for her and the banter started when Miss Auckland was dropping out and finishing last in a maiden. I really enjoyed that win. It was one of the better ones,” Mcllwrick said. From a handy inside draw Mcllwrick positioned Miss Auckland back on the inside after beginning well and trailing pacemaker Silk. Silk was pressured by A Taste Of Honey but took Miss Auckland to the passing lane and McIlwrick drove her up the inside to beat a brave Pay Me Speedy by three quarters of a length. “I was surprised we beat her to be fair but we’ll take it. She’s turned a corner. Speedy’s a pretty nice horse. Maybe if we reversed the draws it would have reversed the results but this girl she just hits the line real good. She’s now one of those horses that just keeps savaging the line. The harder they go the better. She’s got great gait speed and she can stay. She’s doing it all at the moment.” This is the first time Ascot Park trainer Owen Lawrence has won three races in a row with any horse. In the early 2000s Armbro Invasion trotter The Jailer won three of his last five starts running second in the other two. “I’ve always had faith in her. She’s improved as she’s got a wee bit older. When I first started her she ran last in her first three races. Hopefully there’s a wee bit of improvement yet,” Lawrence said. The win qualifies Miss Auckland for the $20,000 Southern Belle Speed Series final at the Winton Meeting on the 20th March. Earlier in the programme another mare continued her winning form for Mcllwrick. The Craig Laurenson trained trotter Miss Bamboocha won her second race in three starts when she came from back in the field to run down favourite Afterburner The eight year old mare has now won five races and has recorded eleven seconds and eleven thirds in ninety three starts.   by Bruce Stewart

Auckland Reactor has bounded to the forefront as one of Australasia’s leading harness racing sires over the last 12 months. In New Zealand, his stock earned $786,587 in the 2019/20 season, placing him in fifth position on the All Aged list, while his Australian progeny banked $2,024,517 in stakes – the second highest amount by a colonial bred sire. Taking in the $341,904 earned by his progeny racing in North America, the dual NZ Horse of the Year left the winners of $3,153,008 during 2019/20. In all, from only four crops racing, Auckland Reactor has produced the winners of an amazing $6,847,005 and 190 individual winners. Being by the great Mach Three and one of the best winning members of the Flora family, there was good reason to expect that Auckland Reactor would make a name for himself as a sire. From his first crop he sired a top colt in Chase Auckland 1:50.4 ($798,509), who won eight of his nine starts as a three-year-old and was voted NZ 3YO of the Year, and an outstanding racemare in Soho Burning Love (1:48.2), the fastest ever Australian-bred mare and the winner of $371,807 to date. Red Reactor (1:50.9), a winner of three races at Menangle, the Group 1 winner Gold Reactor (1:55.1), Jazzy Star (1:55.8), Blue Blazer (1:55.8), Tact Bess (1:54.5), the Group 3 winner Shining Oro (1:52.8) and Please Shudduup (1:51.8) have been other winners by Auckland Reactor from his initial crop. Auckland Reactor’s second crop produced the top WA mare Delightfulreaction 1:57 ($178,938), Reactor Now (1:58.3), who won nine of his 10 starts at one stage, Plutonium 1:55.7 (6 wins from 8 starts) and Gobsmacked (1:52.5), while his third crop – now four-year-olds – include the $40,000 NZ Harness 7000 winner Willie Go West (1:54.1), the Gloucester Park winner Warrior’s Legacy (1:57.1), Congo Line and the dual Southern Cross finalist Juddy Douglas. Auckland Reactor, a son of Mach Three, was a champion pacer in NZ. He won his first 17 starts on end and was undefeated in 11 starts at three years including the NZ Derby and NZ Sires Stakes Championship and was named NZ 3YO of the Year in 2007. While at four, he won 13 of his 16 starts including the NZ Free-for-all, Auckland Cup, Messenger, Noel Taylor Mile and a heat of the Inter Dominion – and more than $1.1 million in stakes. From 53 lifetime starts in NZ, Australia and North America, Auckland Reactor won 32 races - including seven Group 1’s – and was placed four times for $1,837,043. Auckland Reactor is now standing at the St Fort Stud, Moama (NSW), of Tony Peacock for a fee of $3,000 including GST. Peter Wharton

Soho Burning Love A overcame a Nor'easter and won back to back in the harness racing Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. It was a highly contested opening quarter as three mares fought for the early lead over the sloppy surface. Shes Pukka N, Sunny Dee and Machnhope all left in a line and passed the quarter in 27 seconds flat. Machnhope cleared the lead but not before reaching the half in a blistering 54 seconds flat.  Soho Burning Love A and Tim Tetrick moved off the rail from sixth. They spotted the leader eight lengths as Tetrick mounted his charge coverless and 1st over. Machnhope continued to lead to the three quarters in 1:22.4.   Tetrick and Soho Burning Love A, surged past a tiring Machnhope in the stretch and won convincingly by two and a half lengths. The time of the mile was 1:50.1.  Soho Burning Love A (Auckland Reactor N) was sent off as the 6/5 race favorite. Soho Burning Love A is owned by Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King.  Jim King Jr. is the trainer and Tim Tetrick, the driver. Machnhope finished second for trainer Noel Daley and driver Andrew McCarthy. Sunny Dee finished third for trainer Michael Hall and driver Dexter Dunn. Soho Burning Love A Tomorrow, Dover Downs will host a quartet of $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Finals.  Also on the card is a $24,000 Preferred pace. Dover Downs will conclude for the Christmas Holiday then resume racing on December 28.  Post time for Dover Downs is 4:30 pm.   Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

Boom AUCKLAND REACTOR three-year-old Willie Go West drew first blood in the Breeders Crown heats at Bendigo on Friday night (November 6), winning the opening harness racing heat in impressive style. Starting from the pole, the brown gelding pinged straight to the front, survived some early and midrace pressure and won by 3.2 metres. The mile rate for 2150 metres was a smart 1:54.6. He carved out the last two sectionals in 28.2 and 27.2. Watch the race replay click here. Willie Go West has now won four of his seven starts and $40,770 in stakes. Bred in New Zealand, he is out of Bettor Go, an unraced Bettor’s Delight mare.   Peter Wharton

Brilliant Auckland Reactor two-year-old filly Bridwood Bella extended her unbeaten winning sequence to three when she soundly trounced her harness racing rivals at the Launceston twilight meeting on Sunday (October 18). The filly led from start to finish and covered the 1680 metres in a 1:59.2 rate. She clocked a stunning 55.7 seconds for the last 800. The combined winning margin of her three successes is 46.5 metres. Bridwood Bella is the second foal of the winning Sportswriter mare Bella Fortuna whose dam, Better Motoring, was a Group 2 winner. Auckland Reactor has sired 95 individual winners in Australia this season and they have earned $1.6 million in prizemoney.

Bids for the 2020 Terang Stallion Tender will close on Monday, October 19 at 6pm. The Tender has attracted pacing and trotting stallions representing the best bloodlines in Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe. It is being conducted by the Terang Owners, Trainers and Supporters’ Group to help raise funds for the new stable complex at Dalvui Raceway. .The stallions with their service fees inclusive of GST are:   PACING STALLIONS Auckland Reactor (St Fort Stud: $3,000) Follow The Stars (Allwood Stud, standing at Goulburn Valley Equine: $3,300) Jilliby Kung Fu (Goodtime Lodge: $2,200) Soho Tribeca (Northern Rivers Equine: $3,000) The Storm Inside (Alabar Bloodstock: $2,500)   TROTTING STALLIONS Cardigan Boko (Goodtime Lodge: $1,980) Great Success (Niota Bloodstock: $1,320) Skyvalley (Aldebaran Park: $2,000) Speeding Spur (Woodlands Stud: $2,750)   The minimum tender is 60 percent of published service fees.   Bids are required in writing to email:   Enquiries and further information from Marg Lee 0417 922 747.   By Peter Wharton  

Former Kiwi five-year-old Red Reactor tasted harness racing Group success at his second start on Australian soil in the Group 3 $30,600 Pace at Menangle on Saturday night (September 12). Given a perfect trip, the chestnut gelding rallied strongly with a 27.5 closing quarter to prevail in a five-way photo. The time for the flying mile was 1:50.9 – a new lifetime mark. The Auckland Reactor gelding has now won eight win and $99,313 in stakes. Watch the replay click here. One night earlier the Auckland Reactor mare Delightfulreaction overcame a 10 metre handicap to complete back-to-back wins at Gloucester Park. Locked in a zip-fastener pocket most of the way, the four-year-old sprinted sharply once gaining racing room to gain the verdict. It was her 12th success and lifted her stake tally to $169,164. Delightfulreaction had been twice placed at Group level earlier in the season. Auckland Reactor was also represented by the three-year-old Mac Stubborn, who notched his fourth win at Tamworth in a career-best 1:59.5. Auckland Reactor, a former champion racehorse, is now standing at the St Fort stud, of Tony Peacock, Moama, on the NSW-Victorian border.   Peter Wharton  

Atomic Blast, a four-year-old son of Auckland Reactor, earned a new speed badge of 1:52.6 winning at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Monday (September 7). The gelding led from the outset carving out fractions of 27.2, 28.6, 28 and 28.8. It was his second success from four starts in America and his third win from seven lifetime starts. He had earlier won in 1:52.8 at Pocono Downs. Atomic Blast is the first foal of the Christian Cullen mare Caroline’s Cullen (1:51.4), who won 10 races in NZ and Australia and a further 17 in North America and finished up with a stake tally of $450,140. She was imported back to NZ at the end of her racetrack career by well known Auckland standardbred agent and breeder John Curtin. Atomic Blast winning in 1:52.6 at Harrah’s Philadelphia Auckland Reactor was also represented by the Globe Derby winner Carter Mayson, a four-year-old and one of his second Australian crop, who won in a career-best 1:56.4. The gelding has now won five races and $25,000 in stakes. Auckland Reactor is now standing at Tony Peacock’s St Fort stud, Moama (NSW), on the Murray River.   by Peter Wharton  

Auckland Reactor sired a winning double in the first two races at the Hobart twilight meeting on Sunday (August 30). Nine Diamonds, a three-year-old filly, stormed home from midfield to win by 22 metres with a last 800 in 58.6. It was the filly's third harness racing success from her last four starts. Thirty minutes later Cinocal Jamane led from end to end to notch her maiden success. Another 'new' winner for Auckland Reactor was Mighty Reactor, who rallied strongly after being pocketed to win at the last Addington Winter meeting. In Western Australia, Nuclear Poker overcame a wide passage to complete back-to-back wins at Northam. He has now won four races. Auckland Reactor has sired 89 individual winners in Australia this season and progeny earnings of $1.3 million.   Peter Wharton

Auckland Reactor, who is enjoying a boom year with his progeny, sired five harness racing winners on the one day on Thursday (August 27). The haul included a winning double at Cambridge Raceway, New Zealand and winners in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. The Banker, who came from last to dead-heat in 1:59.9, and the trotter As Free As Air, who sat parked for the majority of the trip, rang up number one for Auckland Reactor at Cambridge. The three-year-olds Maxactor and Mac Stubborn scored at Horsham and Tamworth resepectively. Maxactor was particularly impressive, racing without cover from the get go before notching his third success. Admiral, a NZ bred son of Auckland Reactor, completed the quintet, winning for the seventh time at Redcliffe. Auckland Reactor is standing this season at the St Fort stud, Moama (NSW), of multiple Group 1 winning horseman Tony Peacock. Peter Wharton

Tact Bess, a New Zealand-bred daughter of Auckland Reactor, posted a new lifetime mark of 1:54.5 when she outsprinted a smart field at Albion Park on Saturday night (August 22). Starting from the No. 2 gate, the five-year-old enjoyed a saloon passage behind the leader before being switched down onto the passing lane. She won by 1.7 metres. Driven by Isobel Ross for trainer Grant Dixon, Tact Bess clocked 55.9 for the last 800 metres. To watch the video replay click here Out of a mare by New York Motoring, Tact Bess has now won 11 races and $65,233 in stakes. Auckland Reactor sired a winning double at Bunbury two nights earlier with Nuclear Power (1:58.9) and Madam Of Mischief (2:00). Auckland Reactor, who stands at Tony Peacock’s St Fort stud, Moama (NSW), has left 87 individual winners in Australia this season and they have won 193 races and $1.36 million in stakes. Peter Wharton

The Auckland Reactor gelding Ian Raymond further underlined his potential when he demolished his harness racing opposition at Melton on Friday (August 21). Racing midfield most of the way, the five-year-old let down with an electrifying burst to win by 17.4 metres. He became the 86th individual winner sired by Auckland Reactor in Australia this season. Ian Raymond is the only foal out of a Village Jasper mare, Black Dress. To watch the replay click here. Earlier in the week, the Auckland Reactor gelding You Ninety Two sprinted sharply along the passing lane to bring up his third win from his past four starts. The mile rate for 2150 metres was 1:59.4, highlighted by a closing 800 in 56.9. To watch this replay click here. Auckland Reactor’s progeny has earned $1.34 million in Australia to date this term. To see the Auckland Reactor website click here Peter Wharton

Brilliant Auckland Reactor four-year-old Reactor Now posted his eighth win for the season when he outstayed a strong harness racing field at Shepparton on Saturday night (August 15). Having his first start for six weeks, the gelding settled down near the rear before circling the field in the middle stages to go up to lead the outside division. Exploding to the front at the 500 metre mark, Reactor Now dug deep in the final stages to win by half a length. The mile for the 2190 metres was a sharp 1:55 with the last 800 in 56.7. Reactor Now boasts a lifetime record of 10 wins from 14 starts for $67,530 in stakes. To watch Reactor Now win his tenth race click here. Reactor Now put the exclamation mark on a red-letter weekend for Auckland Reactor. The former New Zealand superstar led in a winning double at Northam (WA) on the same night as Reactor Now's heroic performance. Hilo Tyson led from end-to-end to post his fourth success, while Richie Reactor sat parked throughout before notching his maiden win by 19 metres. Earlier in the day Red Reactor came from near last to hoist a new lifetime mark of 1:56.7 over 2200 metres at Cambridge Raceway, New Zealand. It was the gelding's seventh success and upped his bankroll to $81,732. On Sunday night, Auckland Reactor led in another two winners in Auckland Red, who made it four straight at Kilmore winning in a career-best 1:54.9, and Jackson Neptune (Launceston), making it six winners for Auckland Reactor in the space of 24 hours! Auckland Reactor was also represented by the three-year-old gelding Maxactor, a winner for the second time at Ballarat on Thursday night (August 13). Auckland Reactor, who is enjoying his best ever season, has sired 84 individual winners in Australia to date and progeny earnings of more than $1.3 million. For all the up-to-date information about Auckland Reactor, who is standing this season at the St Fort Stud, Moama (NSW), of leading studmaster Tony Peacock, visit the new website By Peter Wharton  

The Auckland Reactor mare Soho Burning Love became the fastest harness racing mare ever bred in Australia when she clocked 1:48.4 (5ths) winning at The Meadowlands, New Jersey last Friday (June 19). The five-year-old, who was bred by Robert Watson, has earned more than $250,000. The win provided a timely boost for the Mach Three horse Auckland Reactor, a grand pacer himself and highly promising sire who now stands at Tony Peacock's property at Moama (NSW). Reactor Now, another of the Auckland Reactor stock, was an effortless all-the-way winner at Shepparton on the same night and graduated to a NR76 mark in the process. It was his sixth consecutive win and his eighth from only 11 lifetime starts. He is rated highly by respected horseman David Aiken, who trains him. Reactor Now To watch the video replay click here Soho Burning Love Auckland Reactor was represented by a pair of two-year-old filly winners at the weekend. Secret Reaction (Gloucester Park) and Bridwood Bella (Launceston) were both very impressive winners, the latter clocking 1:57.4 with the last 800 in 57.5. Secret Reaction To watch the video replay click here  Bridwood Bella To watch the video replay click here. Tact Bess, a New Zealand bred daughter of Auckland Reactor, came from last to post a new lifetime mark of 1:55.8 at Albion Park on Saturday night (June 20). A much underated stallion Auckland Reactor's oldest crop are just five-year-olds and he has produced 160 individual winners of $4.5 million to date and currently stands in third place on the New Zealand sires list of money winning sires for five-year-olds and older with just 156 foals. Compare that number of foals with the other stallions shown in this group below                                                                                          Total money won                     Starters               Foals By Peter Wharton

Former champion harness racing racehorse and now exciting sire Auckland Reactor continues to have his name up in lights through the deeds of his off-spring. The superstar pacer, who earned the nickname "Reactor Factor" during a sparkling racing career had some impressive winners bob up over the last eight days in nearly every state, with his progeny inheriting not only his striking looks, but also his sizzling turn of foot. Four-year-old chestnut gelding Gold Horseshoe (Auckland Reactor-Aussie Vision (Grinfromeartoear) cruised to victory in the Westbred Entires and Geldings Pace at Pinjarra last Sunday week. Trained by Colin Reeves, the pacer was driven by Jocelyn Young. The following day at Melton, the magnificently bred Auckland Red (Auckland Reactor-The Summer Wind (Live Or Die) had a few kinks in his armour, but still got the job done as a $1.70 fav should. He is prepared and driven by Michael Cole. Top SA reinsman Ryan Hryhorec scored narrowly with Weeroona Boy (Auckland Reactor-Amberlu Ella (Badlands Hanover) for trainer Tyson Linke at Adelaide's Globe Derby Park. The 3yo won by the barest margin in a time of 2.00-5. Amy Day and Todd McCarthy teamed to land Atomic Bombshell (Auckland Reactor-Art Asset (Artsplace) at Penrith last Thursday night. The 4yo mare was too good for $1.60 favorite Fifteen Aces. And just 15 minutes later at Bendigo, hobby trainer Frank Barac was cheering home his 3yo filly Madam Reactor (Auckland Reactor-Madam Altissimo (Blissful Hall). It was Barca's first win since April 2016. Comeback driver Rodney Lakey, who is going like a house on fire, took the reins. The spotlight then headed over west to Bunbury the next night when Im Spiderman (Auckland Reactor-Casey's Best (Tyler's Best) cruised home for trainer Russell Smith. The gelding was handled by Jack Justins. North west Victorian trainer Murray Jardine, who took ill-fated young pacer Mallee Reactor (Auckland Reactor-Our Angel Flight (In The Pocket) to eight wins from 11 starts in 2018/19, was back in the winner's circle at MIldura with a promising type. He produced Miradero (Auckland Reactor-Mustang Sassy (Modern Art) to score in easy fashion. In-form reinsman Dwayne Locke was the winning driver. Miradero, with Dwayne Locke holding the reins At Globe Derby Park on Saturday, trainer Alyce Finnis and her driver-husband Jayson tasted success with Juddy Douglas (Auckland Reactor-Markeaton Navi (Falcon Seelster). The gelding did it tough, but those who took the short odds never had a worry in the world. Auckland Reactor (Mach Three-Atomic Lass (Soky's Atom) is one of a bunch of very well-credentialed stallions standing at Alabar Stud, near Echuca, and won at his first 17 starts. He retired with 32 wins from 53 outings for $1.8M in stakes. The lead-up to his race day debut at Timaru in New Zealand in September of 2007 had many forecasting he was a star in the making after some superb appearances at the trials. Auckland Reactor scored a comprehensive victory, followed by three more against elite company before heading for a let-up. On his return, Auckland Reactor wrapped up an undefeated 11-start season, which earnt him the crown of New Zealand Horse of the Year, the first of two that he captured. The pacer continued winning against the best up until a seven-year-old. Without doubt, a win in the Pure Steel at Ballarat in January 2012 was among his best on Australian soil. He scored narrowly, but in track record time. Then followed a close second (off 10m) in the Hunter Cup. He then went to Perth and scored comfortable wins in his three heats of the Inter Dominion series. In the final, he went back at the start before working to the "chair" mid race. Auckland Reactor faded to run seventh. An examination later found him to be suffering from a virus. Near the end of an extraordinary career, he ran a third in the 2013 Bendigo Cup to Sushi Sushi and was then unplaced in the Ballarat Cup to Mah Sish. Champion horseman Mark Purdon drove the superstar to 27 of his wins. Anthony Butt was successful of three occasions, while Blair Orange and Tony Herlihy, scored one win apiece. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E   W      

The Central Victorian community of Avenel is perhaps best known as the hometown of one of our most famous bush rangers - but the town's pin up boy of harness racing is also as "game as Ned Kelly". The town's famous bushranger terrorised country Victoria in the late 1800s, and the Avenel-based gelding Reactor Now (Auckland Reactor-Who's Sorry Now (Western Ideal) now seems to be following the same path, but with his eye on even greater deeds. Father-and-son combination David Aiken and his reinsman son Josh have produced the gelding for three eye-catching wins from four outings. At his most recent race start at Kilmore, the four-year-old sat parked outside the leader and then ran away from his rivals to win by 22 metres-setting a new track record along the way of 1.53-4. The time shaved .01 of a second off the previous best performance, set back in October of 2014, by former Scott Stewart-trained champion Bitobliss, a winner of 24 races and nearly $500k. Click here to watch the race. And at his two starts prior to venturing to Kilmore, Reactor Now set tongues wagging at Shepparton. On the first occasion he spread-eagled the field with a 33.3 metre win on February 27, following up with a more "sedate" 2.9 metre victory a fortnight later. Click here to watch the 27th February race. Click here to watch the 13th March race. Reactor Now has five wins from eight lifetime starts for earnings of $21,450. He's without doubt a magnificent looking horse destined for bigger things. He was fortuitously purchased after the APG Gold 2016 sale by Graeme and Liz Old, their nephew Frank and his wife Robyn, and their daughter Narelle Hall and husband Steve. The deal was sealed when the group decided to go looking at what had been passed in at the end of the day. Reactor Now was purchased with the input of Craig Wight, husband of well-known Great Western trainer-driver Michelle, who is a keen student on breeding, and Frank who prides himself on picking them on looks. The gelding made his debut in February of last year and after giving Wight's brother-in-law, reinsman Grant Campbell a tough time through being over excited, got around, albeit unplaced and 27 metres from the winner. Reactor Now was back at the track a month later and showed his better qualities with a strong win at Ballarat after being "a mile" off them in the first lap. He then continued on his winning way 13 days later at Terang with a sub-two-minute mile rate. The pacer was far from disgraced when fifth (beaten 11m) in the VHRSC Vic Sires Classic at Melton in 1.55-7 and was then sent for a spell. Reactor Now is undoubtedly destined to be one of the smart ones from a fine crop of Auckland Reactor progeny of his season. Auckland Reactor now has 149 individual winners with more than $4 million in earnings in Australia and New Zealand combined. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

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