CONNECTIONS of talented youngster Chase Auckland hope he can continue to emulate his father’s feats when he heads to Addington on Tuesday.
Prepared by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, Chase Auckland is engaged in the Sires’ Stake Final – a feature his ‘old man’, Auckland Reactor, captured in 2007.
Ironically, father and son boast identical records heading into the Group One, with the pair unbeaten from four starts.
Trained by Purdon, Auckland Reactor was a late nomination for the series, with the outstanding colt going on to win his first 17 starts.
“I talked Auckland Reactor’s owners into making a late payment back then and the rest is history,” Purdon said.
“I didn’t realise they’d both had four starts going into the Final, so it Might be a good little omen…hopefully it comes out like that.
“Time has gone quickly since Auckland Reactor’s win and him siring the winner would be a good way to mark the 10th anniversary of his win.”
To Purdon and Rasmussen’s dismay, Chase Auckland has drawn the inside of the second row, with the master horseman fearful the three-year-old will be locked away on the pegs.
On the other end of the scale, in-form colt King Of Swing has drawn perfectly in the pole.
“Chase Auckland is still our best chance, but the draw makes it tough,” Purdon said. “If he was to settle three or four back it could be a disaster.
“He is feeling terrific and working well, so it’s a matter of getting a clear run.
“King Of Swing is the one to beat from the draw, and if he leads, Chase Auckland has a chance to get a great run along.”
- PAUL COURTS