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Experienced Victorian harness racing trainer Ron Francis has a sneaky feeling that three-year-old filly Hecs Elect (Auckland Reactor-Shes Elegant (Safely Kept) could just be the horse he’s long been looking for. Hecs Elect became Auckland Reactor's 73rd individual winner, with his oldest crop just four-year-olds. Francis, based at Woodstock, near Yan Yean, has been a hobby trainer pottering around with a small team for more than 40 years. During that time, he has had his fair amount of success with such pacers as Tibur Power (who finished with a wonderful record of 17 wins for $110,000); the injury-plagued Pacesetter (a winner of 12 races, eight of these at the old Victorian Moonee Valley headquarters); Ringtripleowe had 13 wins and 60 placings for $94,000 and Somedreamsomewhere (12 wins, 23 placings for nearly $75,000). “We do think Hecs Elect has the potential to perhaps be our best horse,” Francis said. “She is very strong and can peel off some excitingly quick quarters.” And Hecs Elect gave an exhilarating display of her capabilities on Monday night at Tabcorp Park Melton, with a last-to-first win in the Melton Toyota 3yo pace. After being eased out from her front barrier alley by master reinsman Gavin Lang, the filly sat at the rear before being asked for an effort going down the back straight for the final time. The Auckland Reactor-sired youngster dashed around three wide to be outside the leader and race favorite Allspark on the final turn. Given a bit of rein, Hecs Elect sprinted nicely to score from Final Chapter by 10.5m, with Allspark ($1.70 fav) a further 3.2m back in third spot in a handy 1.56-3 mile rate. To watch the video replay of this race click on this link. While pleased by the win, Francis has been patient in waiting for his horse to show her true ability. “She is the quickest pacer I’ve had over the years.  I decided a while ago in a fast work hit-out to let her quicken up each quarter and the times she was doing were just crazy,” he said. “We’ve had a few glitches along the way as she kept growing and couldn’t handle her speed and then she started tossing her head all over the place. “I’m lucky I’ve got some experienced people in Gavin Lang and Greg Sugars who have driven her, to give me the best feedback and advice.” Francis said the first five times Hecs Elect faced the starter, she was racing in the top-class group. “At her latest effort she was probably in a lower division of her class, but I have to agree with Gavin who said afterwards that there are just no easy races now,” he said. Hecs Elect was purchased for only $7000 at the APG sales.  Her owners previously enjoyed racing her half-sister Somedreamsomewhere (now in foal to Yankee Rockstar), and from all indications, they are in for some more fun. Also, on the breeding side, Hecs Elect has a half-brother in Tightrope who posted 22 wins and 50 placings from 196 starts for $196,000. “We haven’t any big plans in mind at the moment and she will probably go around next week at Cranbourne. Hopefully she brings her best game along again.” Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Star harness racing four-year-old Chase Auckland was back in winning form at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Driven by Luke McCarthy, Chase Auckland went back early then whipped around to the front after half a lap before quickening over the last 800m in a slick 54.3 seconds to win easily defeating a brave Franco Landry by 2.7metres. Chase Auckland has now had 11 starts for 9 wins, a second and a fourth with $405,329 in the bank. Chase was back to his old habits on Saturday night of jumping around and not standing still after his win which is a good sign he is feeling well. "He only did what he had to and it was an easy win. I didn't have to ask him for a serious effort," said driver Luke McCarthy. Poi from All Stars who has been looking after Chase from Luke McCarthy's property, was also thrilled with how Chase went. "He has come on a lot during the week leading up to the race and he will only get better after this run," said Poi. Chase Auckland will now race in the $50,000 Paleface Adios race next Saturday in an attempt to qualify for the $200,000 Chariots of Fire the following week. The Auckland Reactor gelding has copped the best draw of the All Stars trio for the Gr2 Paleface Adios Stakes over 1609m at Menangle coming up with barrier (2). Stablemates Spankem (11) and All You Need Is Faith (9) were not so lucky with both drawing wide on the track with Tasmanian speedster Ignatius splitting them in barrier (10).  The top four home in the Paleface Adios will qualify for the $200,000 Group 1 Cordina Chicken Farms Chariots Of Fire on February 16. Chase Auckland and some happy syndicate members  Harnesslink Media          

If ever a horse has had its hoof on the till for an overdue win, it just had to be West Australian harness racing  filly Delightfulreaction. Prepared at Capel, halfway between Bunbury and Busselton, by astute horseman Andrew De Campo, the Auckland Reactor-sired three-year-old broke her maiden status in style at Pinjarra on Monday. “I must say we went to the meeting with a fair bit of confidence because she certainly deserved a win after five consecutive second placings,” De Campo said. “She is lovely to have around the stable.  She never runs a bad race, she has gate speed, tries her heart out and hopefully should keep improving with racing,” he said. In addition, Delightfulreaction last season finished runner-up, beaten a half head, in a $100,000 Sires Stakes final at Gloucester Park. At Pinjarra, driver Aiden De Campo, son of the trainer, showed gate speed from barrier to take the lead and rated to perfect cruised home in 55.6 last half for a comfortable win. To watch the video click on this link. Aiden De Campo Delightfulreaction, with earnings of over $30,000, is raced by her breeder Mike Howie, who is one of the main owners with the De Campo team. “Mike was a very good trainer, but these days prefers to jog them up and when they are close to going to the races, he hands them over to us,” Andrew said. “It’s certainly a good deal because we know they are fit and ready to go when we get them,” he said. “We have another Auckland Reactor three-year-old in our team of 30 at the moment and it goes okay but is having a freshen up after a first-up placing.” Delightfulreaction was the 36th winner for Auckland Reactor in Australia and his 66th winner including some exciting types New Zealand. And there’s more to come if the exciting vibes from the sire’s first crop to the races (now four year olds) are on the money.   Chase Auckland from the “land of the long white cloud” (8 wins from 9 starts; 1.52-2. $392,330) is obviously a superstar and being set for all the big races in Australia. Australia’s own Soho Burning Love (1.52-6 $182,400) has won easily at her first three starts back this preparation.  De Campo, who is ranked in the top 10 trainers in the west, finished with 50 winners last season and is well on target to better that tally this season. “I reckon we have a nice team going around at present, so fingers crossed the victories keep ticking along,” he said. “And of course, you need great stable support and we have that in junior reinsman Mark Johnson and handyman and jack of all trades Ron McLachlan.” De Campo who was a polished reinsman in his day with 11 Group One wins as a trainer-driver, has no qualms in watching Aiden do all the race day driving. “He’s pretty good at it, but I wouldn’t be truthful if I said I’d never given him a spray for an ordinary effort on the racetrack. It’s okay cos we both then move on and look to the future,” he said. “I did enjoy driving, but if you don’t do it all the time, your reflexes just aren’t as sharp as they should be. To be honest, I’m enjoying the training part a lot more.” Undoubtedly one of Andrew’s finest driving exhibitions was piloting Son of Otara to victory in 1991 in the $250,000 Australian Pacing Gold Final in Brisbane – the richest race in the country at the time. “Yes, I still remember that night pretty well, despite being a few years back now. It was a big trip from West Australia with a lot of planning, etc, but it was well worth it in the end.” Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

The pin-up boy of Victoria’s Northern Region, the exciting Ouyen-based pacer Mallee Reactor, faces his biggest test when he lines up at the harness racing meeting at Swan Hill on Wednesday night. The three-year-old, who is undefeated in five runs for unassuming trainer Murray Jardine, has drawn barrier four in the prestigious feature event, the $9000 2019 Pearl Blue Classic. “We are all looking forward to it because there’s some nice horses in the race – it will be a good guide to find out just where we are at,” Jardine said. “The spacious Swan Hill track should suit Mallee Reactor, but in saying that he’ll still be driven quietly early and hopefully work home hard when it counts.” Jardine is a cool customer renowned for keeping his feet on the ground but is thrilled by the raw ability shown by the son of the emerging star sire Auckland Reactor. “Some of his closing sectionals in his races have been pretty good,” he said. Jardine never races a big team, preferring the breaking and educating side, has another handy Auckland Reactor at home in Ian Raymond. “He’s a four-year-old who has three wins from six starts and goes along quite nice.” After combining farming and successfully preparing horses for many years, Jardine and his wife Barbara made the decision nearly 30 years ago to concentrate on harness racing. The couple established a picturesque complex on the edge of town, featuring an impressive 900metre track and open, shady paddocks. “It was more a lifestyle thing for our children, but it has worked out well for Murray because he’s done well over the years with the horses,” Barbara said. Jardine certainly had one of the best mentors when he spent two years with legendary horseman Alf Simons as a teenager. “I wish I’d stayed with Alf longer, but I was a farm boy and came back home,” Murray said. The eight owners of Mallee Reactor must be pinching themselves as his half-brother Carload has already provided them with many thrills in recent years. The group was offered Carload’s dam, the unraced broodmare Our Angel Flight, who was in foal at the time – the result being none other than Mallee Reactor. According to Jardine, who broke in both racehorses, they showed ability from day one, with Mallee Reactor being more relaxed. And it seems there just could be another bright prospect on the horizon with a beautifully-conformed two-year-old full sister to Carload (by Village Jasper). When asked future plans for Mallee Reactor, Jardine said he would use a well-worn cliché and say “we’ll take it one run at a time”. “There’s a heats and final series coming up at Mildura in a few weeks and then we’ll have to sit down and go from there. He may be looking for a break because he’s still growing, but we’ll wait and see.” Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

There is real interest in the three-year-old Mallee Reactor going for his fifth straight win tomorrow night at the Mildura Harness Racing Club meeting. The Auckland Reactor gelding started twice as a late two-year-old for two wins and then was turned out to mature. Two exceptional winning runs back have got the locals talking up this Murray Jardine trained three-year-old as a possible Derby horse in the making. Winning by wide margins of 19 metres and 21 metres at Mildura in his two runs back, he is expected to win again from the outside post in a six horse race at 8:12 pm local time Friday night. This time Mallee Reactor has a new driver at the helm, Ellen Tormey. Previously Mallee Reactor has been driven by Simon Jardine who this time is driving a part owned stablemate first starter Not A Cracker. Murray Jardine told Harnesslink today that he is adopting a wait and see approach on whether Mallee Reactor comes through the race this week well, before he embarks on a possible South Australian Derby start. But to date he says that Mallee Reactor has done everything asked of him so far and more. The times he has run here at Mildura, 57 halves is as good as the Free For All horses do, it is a very tight track Mildura. At his last start driver Simon Jardine says that he still had another gear in him so I mean he shows all the signs of a top horse in the making but he is still lightly framed and is still growing so I do not want to put too much pressure on him too soon. He has not really been tested yet and he has gone very good times around the Mildura track but the competition is not strong here. He will be tested a bit this week as it is going to be 47 degrees here. This area is called Mallee in Northern Victoria and that is what Mallee Reactor is named after. It is the hottest place in Victoria but he is coming along very good, he is a lovely horse. If he keeps improving we are thinking about the South Australian Derby in early February. He is still a bit immature and lightly framed and that, he was only a little fella but he is growing at the moment and as I say I do not want to put too much pressure on him. If the owners here are patient they will end up with a very good horse. From the In The Pocket mare Our Angel Flight, Mallee Reactor is a half-brother to the good horse Carload 1:56.5, (10 wins 19 placings) with $86,503 in the bank to date. For the fields at Mildura click here. Harnesslink Media   Mallee Reactor - 11th of December Mallee Reactor - 29th November  

The Owners representative took a quick visit to All Stars Stable on Wednesday to see how Chase Auckland was progressing towards his return to harness racing and the news is very positive.  “We are looking at taking him to a trial in 3 or 4 weeks and then aim at a possible race at Cambridge followed by a suitable race in Auckland perhaps on Christmas Eve,” Mark Purdon said. He says "I do not think he would be ready for such a tough and demanding race like the Auckland Cup at this stage instead Id rather race him as much as possible against his own age group". This could involve such races as the $50,000 Futurity Stakes at Cambridge on January 24, and in Australia, the $50,000 Hondo Grattan Stakes on February 2, the $50,000 Paleface Adios Sprint on February 9 with the main one being the $200,000 Chariots of Fire on February 16 – all at Tabcorp Park in NSW. It would then be back to New Zealand for such possible races as the $50,000 Superstars Champs at Addington on March 29, the $100,000 Taylor Mile on April 26, the $100,000 NZ Messenger (both at Auckland) and $150,000 Harness Jewels at Addington. At the time of taking his New Zealand record in The 3YR Sires Stakes Final in 2017, Chase Auckland recorded the fastest ever time for not only three-year-olds but for all-comers rating a 1:52.2 mile rate over the 1950 metres. He also holds a second record at Auckland over 2700 metres in The Great Northern Derby rating 3:16.8 for the distance. This son of Auckland Reactor has had just the nine starts for eight wins and a second to date with $392,329 in the bank. His return to racing will be eagerly watched and waited for by his large numbers of Owners and Fans across the Country. The photos taken and shown here are spectacular to say the least. Chase Auckland - Group 1 New Zealand Sires Stakes Final 2017 Chase Auckland - Woodlands Great Northern Derby 2018 Harnesslink Media

Hello Hotshot, a two-year-old filly who is closely related to former champion pacer Auckland Reactor, will command considerable attention when she makes her debut in the Bridge Bar Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.  Purchased in Auckland for $15,000 as a yearling, the daughter of Canadian stallion Four Starzzz Shark has had two trials at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park this month for two wins for Busselton trainer Barry Howlett, who races the filly in partnership with his wife Lyn and their son Jimmy. She beat stablemate Rosies Delight, rating a very modest 2.7.9 in a two-horse educational trial over 1609m on August 11 before she set the pace and beat Rosies Delight by 11m in an eight-horse trial over 2185m on Sunday, rating 2.4.7, with final quarters in 28.3sec. and 29.5sec. Hello Hotshot will be driven by Chris Lewis and should make a bold bid for victory from the favourable No. 2 barrier. Rosies Delight, a $20,000 yearling owned by the Howlett family, will start from barrier five in the field of eight with Colin Brown in the sulky. She is by Bettors Delight out of Jessies Cullen, who earned $51,305 from nine wins and eight placings from 50 starts. She is related to Pazam, a winner at 19 of her 31 WA starts in a 41-start career of 22 wins and six placings for earnings of $136,113. The two Howlett runners are sure to be tested by the more experienced Fake News and Countess Grace, with Fake News, trained by Gary Hall Snr and to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, expected to be a short-priced favourite after drawing the prized No. 1 barrier. Fake News has had seven starts for one win and two seconds. She had a tough run last Friday week when she raced three wide in the early stages and then worked hard in the breeze before fading to sixth behind the Mike Reed-trained Countess Grace. Three days before that Fake News trailed the pacemaker Major Artist before finishing fast to win from that filly and Countess Grace. Countess Grace followed her fast-finishing third to Fake News with a brilliant all-the-way victory over Rocking With Donna and Majorpride over 2130m last Friday week. That was her first victory from seven starts and she looks set for a bright career. However, she will be tested from the outside barrier in a field of eight on Friday night. Hello Hotshot’s dam May Fly (by Mach Three) was retired after racing ten times for two wins, two placings and stakes of $12,980. May Fly’s dam Bishops Blessing is a half-sister to Auckland Reactor, who was retired to stud after amassing $1,837,043 from 32 wins and four placings from 53 starts. Bishops Blessing produced Devil Dodger, who had 231 starts for 38 wins, 61 placings and $718,692. He was third behind Russley Rascal and Five Star Anvil in the Group 1 Gt Northern Derby at Alexandra Park in March 2010 and second to Sir Lincoln in the Group 1 Emerald at Cambridge three months later before winning the Group 1 Australasian Breeders Crown for three-year-old colts and geldings at Melton in August 2010. Hello Hotshot is also related to Taihape Tickler, a winner of 11 races at Gloucester Park, and The Parade, who earned $425,999 from 22 wins and 15 placings from 55 starts. Her wins included the Group 1 $125,000 Mares Classic at Gloucester Park in December 2016 and the Group 2 Empress Stakes two months later. Ken Casellas

The heats of the Group 1 $100,000 WA Sales Classic for the harness racing two year olds were run at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. The Auckland Reactor filly, Cap In Hand was an impressive winner of the first heat for the fillies. A short priced favourite, she sprinted home in a slick 27.8 to win nicely by four metres in 1:59.4. The Kat Warwick trained and Gary Hall jnr driven filly is now unbeaten in both her race day starts. A winner on debut at Pinjarra in 1:59.7 she looks to have a bright future. The other heat for the fillies was won by Has No Fear (by Western Terror). The heats for the colts were won by Shockwave (by Mach Three), Patrickthepiranha (by Four Starzzz Shark) and Babyface Adda (by Rich And Spoilt) The $100,000 Sales Classic Finals for both the colts and fillies will be run at Gloucester Park on Friday the 2nd of March. Cap In Hand Harnesslink Media

Auckland Reactor is currently third on the harness racing three-year-old sires list in New Zealand with $341,698 in progeny earnings to date with 24 starters, nine winners and 48 qualifiers from 141 registered foals.  This Thursday, Auckland Reactor star three-year-old boom pacer Chase Auckland returns to the track in preparation for the upcoming Great Northern Derby in Auckland in three weeks time. With a unbeaten record of seven starts for seven wins ($255,179) and with a 1:52.2 mile rate over 1950 metres registered against his name, much is anticipated of this son of Auckland Reactor on his return to the track. It has been six weeks since he last raced. Chase Auckland is the first Group 1 winner produced by Auckland Reactor in New Zealand. Two other colts by Auckland Reactor, both nominated for the New Zealand Derby, to impress are recent first start winner Jazzy Star (1:55.8 mile rate) and Ardtoo winning his last two starts. In Australia Auckland Reactor was the leading first season sire for 2016/2017 season. He had 115 foals for 10 winners including a Group 1 winner Gold Reactor from his first crop. Gold Reactor won a $100,000 Queensland Final. Another filly to impress recently winning by large margins and winning her last three starts is Soho Burning Love 1:52.6. ​Auckland Reactor has already left a two-year-old filly winner in Australia from his second crop (Cap In Hand, 1:59.7 - one start) from four starters to date.  In summary Auckland Reactor (Mach Three) has bred two Group 1 winners from his first crop current three-year-olds, has progeny earnings of $624,936, has bred 24 individual winners to date and 83 qualifiers or starters to date and remember that the three-year-old season is just getting underway.  Chase Auckland Jazzy Star Ardtoo Gold Reactor Soho Burning Love Cap In Hand There are only 12 yearlings by Auckland Reactor at the New Zealand Sales this week, four colts and a filly in the main sales and two colts and five fillies in the supplementary sale and they should be much sort after by the discerning buyer. At the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, in Auckland this Monday February the 12th, Auckland Reactor only has the one colt for sale, Lot 99 and what a stunner he is. Out of the very good race mare Impish this colt is called Crackator and he is a half-brother to seven winners including the very good mare The Fascinator 10 wins ($155,162). This colt is closely related to the promising three-year-old King Of Swing ($236,244). Lot 99 - Crackator (Bay colt Auckland Reactor - Impish - Falcon Seelster) Lot 99 - Crackator (Bay colt Auckland Reactor - Impish - Falcon Seelster) At the New Zealand Premier Sale in Christchurch on Tuesday and Wednesday( the 13th and 14th of February), Auckland Reactor is represented by three colts and one filly. The first colt is Lot 238, One Of Them, and he is an outstanding individual (you be the judge) and a chestnut colt to boot from the Studholme Park draft and just look at him he just oozes with class. He is a half-brother to nine individual winners and is closely related to recent Inter Dominion starter Code Black 1:50.8 ($213,535). Lot 238 - One Of Them (Chestnut colt)  Auckland Reactor - Rafiki - New York Motoring The second colt is Lot 244, Roscoe Bromac from the Bromac Lodge draft and he is from the Falcon Seelster mare Romancing Bromac. Roscoe Bromac is her third foal and is a half-brother to the promising Victorian pacer Romeo Bromac (4 wins to date). This colt is closely related to Code Black ($1,026,623), Naughty But Nice ($1,062,107) and a host of other top winners in North America. Lot 244 - Roscoe Bromac (Bay colt)  Auckland Reactor - Romancing Bromac - Falcon Seelster This next yearling a filly by Auckland Reactor is probably one of the best bred Auckland Reactors at the sales this year and the only filly by Auckland Reactor at the sales this year in New Zealand. It is Lot 250 Red Envy and she is a half-sister to six winners all good horses. Red Envy is from a half-sister to super mare Sparks A Flyin, 2000/2001 3yr old 'Pacing Filly Of The Year' who in turn has left several winners including the very good Bettor's Fire ($557,430) . Lot 250 - Red Envy (Chestnut filly)  Auckland Reactor - Sparks Under Fire - Fake Left Another super looking colt, this is the last colt for sale by Auckland Reactor, at this years New Zealand Premier Sale and it is Lot 323, Willie Go West and he is from the Studholme Park draft. Willie Go West is the first colt from the Bettor's Delight mare Bettor Go. This modern pedigree gives this colt more than a serious chance to make it as a top young race horse. Lot 323 - Willie Go West (Bay colt)  Auckland Reactor - Bettor Go - Bettor's Delight In the Supplementary Sale there are two colts and five fillies for sale.  Lot 437 - Falcon Reactor (brown filly)  Auckland Reactor - Ask Me Falcon - Falcon Seelster This filly is the second foal of its dam a Falcon Seelster mare who is from a sister to the 1982/1983 4yr old 'Pacer Of The Year' Our Mana 20 wins with $331,900 in the bank. (No photos or videos available for this filly). Lot 439 - Chemeia (bay filly)  Auckland Reactor - Alcheringa - Dream Away This filly is a three-quarter sister to the very good Mach Three mare (Famous) Alchemist ($322,869). Lot 439 - Chemeia (bay filly)  Auckland Reactor - Alcheringa - Dream Away Lot 447 - Crystal Belle (bay filly)  Auckland Reactor - Belle Elect - Life Sign This Auckland Reactor filly is a half-sister to two winners and is from Belle Elect a daughter of the brilliant 2000/2001 two-year-old 'Pacing Filly Of The Year' and 'Pacer and Harness Horse Of The Year' Elect To Live. Belle Elect is a half-sister to the top young horses Gotta Go Harmony (two-year-old 'Pacing Filly Of The Year') and Gotta Go Cullect now a decent stallion at stud. Lot 447 - Crystal Belle (bay filly)  Auckland Reactor - Belle Elect - Life Sign Lot 460 - Milly Mercedes (brown filly)  Auckland Reactor - Ella Sue - Elsu This filly is from a mare by champion race horse Elsu ($2,083,352) called Ella Sue who won over $100,000 and was Group placed. Lot 460 - Milly Mercedes (brown filly)  Auckland Reactor - Ella Sue - Elsu Lot 461 - Crusada (bay colt)  Auckland Reactor - Curve - Courage Under Fire Crusada is the second foal and first colt from the race winning Courage Under Fire mare Curve and this colt looks like he will go early. From the family of multiple Group 1 winners including Sly Flyin ($817,956), Smiling Shard ($757,492), Pemberton Shard ($225,212) and last year's good two-year-old Mach Shard. Lot 461 - Crusada (bay colt)  Auckland Reactor - Curve - Courage Under Fire Lot 463 - Mighty Reactor (bay colt)  Auckland Reactor - Elite Lass - Live Or Die Mighty Reactor is the last colt for sale at these New Zealand yearling sales. He is from a race winning Live Or Die mare Elite Lass who in turn is a half-sister to 7 winners. Lot 463 - Mighty Reactor (bay colt)  Auckland Reactor - Elite Lass - Live Or Die Lot 463 - Mighty Reactor (bay colt)  Auckland Reactor - Elite Lass - Live Or Die Lot 470 - Mandisa (bay filly)  Auckland Reactor - Jacaranda - Falcon Seelster And here is your last chance to buy an Auckland Reactor filly at these New Zealand Sales. Her name is Mandisa and she is from the famed Norice Family stacked full of great horses. This filly is an outstanding looker and should command the attention of serious buyers. Lot 470 - Mandisa (bay filly)  Auckland Reactor - Jacaranda - Falcon Seelster If you want to buy a winner then the odds are in your favour, big time, when you buy a yearling from the Breckon Farms draft at the 2018 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale. There is no doubt that this years Australasian Classic Yearling Sale is the best Catalogue of yearlings ever produced in New Zealand. Be there. To view the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale catalogue click on this link. 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Champion harness racing pacer and now sire Auckland Reactor has produced another emerging talent in the impressive Jazzy Star who won his first start tonight for trainer Michael House at Addington Raceway. Jazzy Star (Auckland Reactor - Shikaka) who is nominated for the New Zealand Derby, was taken straight to the lead by driver Dexter Dunn and was never headed, winning easily in a very fast 1-55.8 mile rate. The favourite for the race Onedin Reign was no match for the winner, but chased valiantly in second after doing a lot of work parked out.  Dunn had a good night in the sulky winning four races and also running a second and three thirds.  Visiting American driver David Miller also had a night to remember when he won the second race aboard the Regan Todd trained trotter Show Gait. The win gave Miller his first win at Addington. He was looking forward to his grass track debut at Motukarara on Sunday. "I've never driven on grass and it's one of the things I have always wanted to do. I am very excited about it," he said. Jazzy Star winning his first start tonight. Harnesslink Media  

Champion harness racing pacer Auckland Reactor has had a hot couple of days as a sire, with his progeny winning several races over the last week including the PGG Wrightson yearling sales final at Alexandra Park on Sunday night with the unbeaten Chase Auckland (Auckland Reactor - Delicata - Falcon Seelster).  Soho Burning Love( 3f Auckland Reactor-Soho Bordeaux - Western Terror) was another big winner for Auckland Reactor on Saturday night at Melton when she blitzed a 3yo fillies field by 30 meters in a stunning 1-52.6 mile rate.  Soho Burning Love is trained and was driven by Michael Stanley. Smoke N Reactor was impressive for Mark Jones at Winton on Sunday when she was attacked for most of the race but was still too good winning in a 1-58.8 mile rate on a slushy track. Smoke N Reactor is out of Smoke N Mirrors a Pacific Rocket mare who won ten races between 2007 and 2009. Ardtoo (Auckland Reactor - Tobetoo - Dream Away) also won at Winton on Sunday and was an easy winner of the Nugget Final. The ease of the win did not reflect the price as Ardtoo paid a whopping $62.60 and $10.30 on the tote. Chase Auckland is clearly the best performed son on the racetrack for Auckland Reactor and has followed in his fathers footsteps so far by winning his first seven races in a row. Auckland Reactor won his first seventeen starts before being tripped up by a standing start race at Cambridge in 2009 where he was beaten by three quarters of a length by the Geoff Small trained All Tiger after breaking badly at the start. Auckland Reactor currently is a clear second on the three-year-old sire's list for money won in New Zealand to none other than Champion sire Bettor's Delight. Ardtoo winning easily at Winton   Smoke N Reactor Soho Burning Love Chase Auckland Harnesslink Media  

Unbeaten pacing star Chase Auckland may be so good he is allowed to turn his back on nearly $500,000 in coming months. The three-year-old grabbed victory from the jaws of what looked to be certain defeat when he fought back when clearly headed in the $230,000 Sales Series Pace at Alexandra Park tonight. After surging to a mid-race lead following some blazing early sectionals from his rivals, Chase Auckland was in a world of trouble as stalemate All U Need Is Faith raced past him at the top of the straight, looking set to break punter’s hearts. But in the last 50m Chase Auckland suggested he may be that little bit special as he clawed back to retain his unbeaten record at start number seven, setting off chaotic winning circle presentation scenes from his huge syndicate of owners. Chase Auckland was purchased and syndicated by stud giant Alabar to try and give his champion father Auckland Reactor a headstart to his stud career --- they couldn’t have dreamed they would purchase what has turned out to be such a stunning racetrack advertisement for the new stallion. But that campaign may not extend to Australia in coming week as co-trainer and driver Natalie Rasmussen says the dual Derbys of Victoria and New South Wales in February may not be on his radar.  “Mark (Purdon) and I will sit down and talk about it but to be honest I think a little let up wouldn’t do him any harm because he was a maiden three months ago,” said Rasmussen. “So he might not head to Australia yet and we have two Derbys here as well as so many other races for him. “But he is a good horse, a really good horse. He had to be to fight back and win like that.”The win capped a mammoth start to the day for the All Stars stable as they also won the early races and took out group one Sires’ Stakes Fillies Championships with Elle Mac. The latter got revenge on her Harness Jewels conqueror Dizzy Miss LIzzy after they stayed out of the early speed duel before roaring around the field to put pressure into the race and leave their rivals gasping. The stable also produced last season’s yearling sales topper Jessie Duke to win on debut in the two-year-old pace, even after he looked unbalanced on the home bend, suggesting he is the early leader of this two-year-old crop. Michael Guerin   Chase Auckland winning his seventh race in a row!

Potential superstar Chase Auckland has won this years NRM Sires Stakes Final in record time and emulated the deeds of his father Auckland Reactor by winning the race at his fifth start to remain unbeaten on the racetrack. In what was arguably the best Sires Stakes field to date, Chase Auckland capitalised on a perfect run behind the pace maker King Of Swing, before darting up the passing lane in the straight and winning as he liked for driver Natalie Rasmussen. The time was an unbelievable 2-16.1 for the 1950m mobile which took 0.2 of a second off the old New Zealand record previously held jointly by stablemates The Devils Own and Lazarus.  His sire Auckland Reactor also won the sires stakes final on his fifth start and in 2009 he also once held the New Zealand record for the 1950m distance, which back then was 2-17.8 Natalie Rasmussen said on the All Stars website, "What I really respect about him is how he has taken each step up so well. Because they have been big steps"  "He was thrown in the deep end. He had to race against experienced horses who had done a lot of things at two and he hadn't but every question I have asked of him he has answered"  It was just five weeks ago that Chase Auckland's future was uncertain, as he had to be scratched from the third Sires Stakes Heat after getting cast in his box at home the day before the race.  History now shows that the speedy gelding went on to qualify for the final after winning the fourth qualifying heat and then yesterday he produced a magical result for the large group of owners in the Alabar Racing syndicate, many of whom were on track to witness the record breaking win. 14th of November - Chase Auckland 3rd of November - Chase Auckland 20th of October - Chase Auckland 29th of September - Chase Auckland 16th of September - Chase Auckland Harnesslink Media          

Harness racing champion Auckland Reactor is starting to leave his mark on the race track, as a sire of good 3yo horses. In Chase Auckland, he has a potential champion son, judging by the way the Purdon/Rasmussen trained gelding defeated a quality field of three year olds tonight at Addington. Driver Natalie Rasmussen drove a calculating race with Chase Auckland in winning the third NRM Sires Stakes heat. Rasmussen shot to the lead from barrier two behind the mobile and then handed up to stable mate The Devils Own to trail for the most of the race. In the straight the Chase Auckland dug in for the fight and Natalie urged his nose in front on the line to beat a quality All Stars line up of, The Devils Own, Spankem and All About Faith to win by a narrow margin. The time for the 1950m mobile was a quick 2-17.9, a mile rate of 1-53.8, with the last 800m cut out in a sizzling 54.9 seconds. Chase Auckland (Auckland Reactor - Delicata) is owned by the Alabar Racing Syndicate, many of whom were on track tonight to cheer on the win Chase Auckland winning his third race from three starts   Earlier in the night Auckland Reactor produced another exciting winner in Blue Blazer, who won his third start by a head after some good trial performances in recent weeks. Blue Blazer (Auckland Reactor - Jet Spirit)  rated 1-58.4 for the 1950m mobile and gave trainer Trent Yesberg his first training win at his sixth attempt.  Trent Yesberg getting his first training win with Blue Blazer. Harnesslink Media

Harness racing super star Auckland Reactor sired another qualifier today and this one looks well above average.  Raced by the Alabar Racing Syndicate, Chase Auckland is an exciting Auckland Reactor 3yo trained by top trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen at their Rolleston All Stars Stable. Today in what was his second outing to the Rangiora track, Chase Auckland never left second gear for driver Natalie Rasmussen who took the the speedy colt to the front with 1400m to go.  Chase Auckland won untouched by more than three lengths from stable mate Bettor Trix and he qualified four seconds under the qualifying time of 2-36.2 for the 2000m. His overall winning time was 2-32.2 and he coasted over his last 800m in a quicker 57.8 with a closing 400m in 28.2. Chase Auckland winning his trial today. Harnesslink Media

Two-year-old pacer Gold Reactor proved too classy winning the Gr.1 $100,000 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series Final at Redcliffe tonight (Friday). The gelded son of former champion pacer Auckland Reactor was expertly driven by Chris Petroff and held off stablemate Sammari and Ruhtrebo in the 1780m juvenile feature in a time of 2:00.5. Race favourite Ark Teamo finished 4th after working hard throughout. “This is a massive thrill, it’s great to drive in these big races and it’s great to have the support and confidence from all involved to drive this horse. We were suited by a fast early speed and then we landed perfect cover three-wide and he felt great when he took off passing the quarter and held them well in the straight.” Petroff said. Carrying Group One status for the first time in the events history, Gold Reactor provided training partnership of Kylie Rasmussen and Darren Weeks with their fifth victory since first being staged back in 2009. Rasmussen/Weeks have prepared Cha Ching Chaching, Couldntresist, Mathilda Diventa, Heart Of Change and now Gold Reactor. The Caboolture based couple have now won the past two editions. It was the first time that Petroff has won the feature. Petroff has now won 6 Gr.1 races during his career. And the victory also provided winning sire Auckland Reactor with his first major success, Gold Reactor is part of first crop to race. Bred and raced by Murray Cole and Beau Watson (of Forever Gold fame), Gold Reactor is closely related to Forever Gold (42 wins - $700k) being the first foal to race from the Ball And Chain mare Channelling Gold. Gold Reactor was purchased for $5000 at last year’s yearling sale. Not only did Cole and Watson land the winner, they also bred the runner-up Sammari who ranks as a half-sister to Forever Gold. The Comfort Inn & Suites Northgate Redcliffe Derby was taken out by Paternity Suit who led throughout in the 2040m feature. Trained and driven by leading horseman Grant Dixon, the Rock N Roll Heaven rated 1:58.6. It was his maiden success in the Sunshine State but his 6th overall. Race favourite Clintal Do finished 6th. Feature racing returns to the bayside club next week with the running of the Gr.3 $30,000 Redcliffe Gold Cup and the $20,000 Redcliffe Oaks for the three-year-old fillies. Chris Barsby

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