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    Posted: 02 Jan 2009 at 7:05pm

Cambridge  Friday January 2

Number sixteen beckons for the champ and only bad luck would stop another 45 grand or so going into the bank account tonight.Baileys Dream took the mile in 08 in 1.55.1 and the champ might even give Elsu's 1-53.6 record set in 2004 a shake

R8 $75000 Skycity Waikato Flying Mile 1609m 9.20pm(Local)
1 12367  Baileys Dream     Todd Mitchell 
2 00438  Ohoka Rebel       Tony Herlihy 
3        Tennis Ball       Scratched 
4 X1111  Auckland Reactor  Mark Purdon 
5 42301  Monkey King       Ricky May 
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This horse is pretty special. Can some of you who may be in the know better than I, draw a line b/w Auckland Reactor and Courage Under Fire when he was at this stage on his winning streak a few years back. I remember going to the MV trots to see his winning streak continue ... and he lost! lol Must have been my presence ... enough to see him lose for the first time ever! But a mighty little pacer he was nonetheless.
Istidaad kicking strongly, he's 2 lengths clear, Crawl gets out from a well back and old Mustard is grinding home... Hang on, Treasury Notes gets out from the back and she'll blouse them all!
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What is the greatest winning streak for a pacer in australasia?

how exciting to think he is an entire aswell.
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Originally posted by jazzman jazzman wrote:

This horse is pretty special. Can some of you who may be in the know better than I, draw a line b/w Auckland Reactor and Courage Under Fire when he was at this stage on his winning streak a few years back. I remember going to the MV trots to see his winning streak continue ... and he lost! lol Must have been my presence ... enough to see him lose for the first time ever! But a mighty little pacer he was nonetheless.
 
Courage wouldn't have got within a bulls roar of Auckland Reactor.
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i do think the reactor is overrated
 
bring it here to take on melpark and see how he fares
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Ovverated? Mark Purdon has stated that he is the best pacer he's ever seen and let me tell u my friend mark purdon has seen some pacers!
 
Melpark Major can't break 26 for a quarter.
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who cares what others think. just because some dude reckons its the best pacer hes ever seen doesnt mean its the be all and end all
 
it hasnt beaten anything over in enzed
 
if its so good, bring it here!
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Dmg u have no idea but thats ok youngster.
 
and that some guy is Mark Purdon and u have proved u have no idea by calling him that.
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Originally posted by dan moor = gun dan moor = gun wrote:

i do think the reactor is overrated
 
bring it here to take on melpark and see how he fares
 
He will get there soon I reckon... But what is the point in rushing it when there is huge money to be had here in NZ.  15 straight wins proves that he is something very special and I wouldn't say that he was overrated.  Yes he hasn't been tested yet but that is a good sign considering he has consistantly been up against the best in NZ and for that reason he is indeed a superstar and deservedly so.
 
Having said that I am for the very first time nervous about Auckland Reactors chances tonight.  Small fields like this often throw up strange results.
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who are you to say i have no idea? i reckon for a youngster my knowledge tenfolds yours
 
im sticking with melpark, his win in the victoria cup was outstanding. cannot wait to see the reactor over here. 1. he may prove me wrong and be a champion and 2. he can fail miserably
 
wasnt he entered for the miracle mile? but was too scared to come over
 
your not the best until you can beat the best
 
melpark took blackies crown
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Originally posted by dan moor = gun dan moor = gun wrote:

who are you to say i have no idea? i reckon for a youngster my knowledge tenfolds yours
 
im sticking with melpark, his win in the victoria cup was outstanding. cannot wait to see the reactor over here. 1. he may prove me wrong and be a champion and 2. he can fail miserably
 
wasnt he entered for the miracle mile? but was too scared to come over
 
your not the best until you can beat the best
 
melpark took blackies crown
 
Didn't go over for the Mile simply because, it would have meant missing out on the top races here over the next couple of months, not because the connectiions were too scared to come over.
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Melpark took blackies crown ? U must be kidding if blacks a fake draws 1 he's $1.20 pop and wins !
 
We will see when they are both off the front line.
 
 
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Wow!  That was close.  He just sneaked in ahead of Monkey King who flew the last 50
Did upset Monkey Kings run around the back of the track too.
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very brave to keep kicking in the straight.
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Hi to the haness fans.
Normally I do not get involved too much in harness but how Monkey King DOES NOT get the race on protest is beyond me as when he came up to sit outside his stablemate, the fav eases out when Monkey had already established his legs past his wheels.
This is why harness racing won't soar to great heights and I only say this as I was involved many moons ago in the sport, I was watching with a group of people that actually booed Auckland Reactor due to his actions.
Hope the inters lifts the sports profile.
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Sentiments shared.

Thought it was pretty bad too.  I guess because it happened on the back straight no protest was lodged.  At the end of the day it upset Monkey Kings chances considerably.  He lost momentum at that point and to storm home to finish only a nose off Auckland Reactor showed huge courage. 
 
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bring over monkey king. looks like a good horse who will test the major
 
competition is great, the better the racing gets the more fans will be attracted
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I didnt see too much wrong with the shoveout thats racing :S. MK would have beat him had that not happened however. AR was huge. Didnt think he could do that. I.E didnt think he could run sub1.54 by going 28,29,29,27. I thought he could only do it by 29,29,29 then pull out a 26.

Half proved me right in a way that he only ran home in 56 and 27 i guess but 27 is still fast.
 
Howard1Hughes put your money where your mouth is next time the Major and Blackie (the great he is) race give me some odds on the Major.
 
Cant wait to see MM and AR race. I always though MM would beat him easily, still think Major will win win but only just.
 
Inter Odds: Bus To Harland $1.10, Melpark Major $2.30, Auckland Reactor $2.50, BAF $3.50, Horse Leaders Back $3.50, Divisive $11, Smoken Up $11, Changeover $13 , Monkey King $16, Mister Swinger $16, Gotta Go Cullen 21. The Rest $10000001. Not to say Iron Hudge, Deanna Troy Robin Hood few others cant win just cant be bother setting real market.
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Cambridge Friday January 2

Win Number sixteen for the champ and he was asked the question by the Monkey but was able to answer it as only champions do.Equalled Elsu's 1-53.6 record set in 2004 in the process.He also equalled Scuse Me's national mobile mile (1609m) record of 1:53.5 set Alexandra Park 11 years ago. Then immediately after the race Purdon let the crowd reach out, touch and pat the champion from behind the fence. This has never been seen at Cambridge Raceway before according to the club's promotions manager Mike Weston. "This is a promoters dream. What an absolutely fantastic horse. What a brilliant gesture," Weston said.The crowd clapped the pacing star all the way to the stabling enclosure. Purdon said he felt the pressure tonight and was just happy Auckland Reactor could win for the both the local crowd and his fans scattered throughout Australasia and North America.Auckland Reactor has now netted NZ$641,428.

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http://racevideo.hrnz.co.nz/Videos/2009/01/02/20090102-00908-0256.wmv

R8 $75000 Skycity Waikato Flying Mile 1609m 9.20pm(Local)
1ST 4 Auckland Reactor Mark Purdon
2ND 5 Monkey King Ricky May
3RD 1 Baileys Dream Todd Mitchell
ALSO RAN
2 Ohoka Rebel Tony Herlihy
Margins Hd, 2-1/2L, 2-3/4L
Owners Auckland Reactor Ltd
Trainer Mark Purdon & Grant Payne, Rolleston
Breeding 4 h Mach Three-Atomic Lass
Time 1:53.56 ( equalled Elsu's 1-53.6 NZ record set in 2004)
Sectional Times: Mile Rate: 1-53.5 (Equalled Scuse Me's national mobile mile (1609m) record of 1:53.5 set Alexandra Park 11 years ago) .Last 800m: 56.1 Last 400m: 27.1
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I`m not going to get into the type of rhetoric from a certain someone above - other than to inform that someone of the facts
 
Cambridge Friday January 2
Time 1:53.56 ( equalled Elsu's 1-53.6 NZ record set in 2004)
Sectional Times: Mile Rate: 1-53.5 (Equalled Scuse Me's national mobile mile (1609m) record of 1:53.5 set Alexandra Park 11 years ago) .Last 800m: 56.1 Last 400m: 27.1
 
 
 
Addington Friday November 14 2008
 
G1 CHRISTCHURCH CASINO NZ FFA MOBILE PACE 2000m
 
Auckland Reactor stopped the clock at an amazing 2:21.8 for the 2000m speed test, a 1:54 mile rate, and considering the overall time it was simply stunning that he had been able to produce a final quarter of 27.8 into the teeth of a strong Easterly wind. Auckland Reactor had already claimed the quickest last half on record at Addington three days earlier when he coasted to a 54.8 split in front; this time he was parked outside the Cup winner, but lowered it again by nearly a full half-second. Auckland Reactor handled the older horses, in fact toyed with them, as he hoisted a new time for the distance. His time of 2:21.8 surpassed the old record held by Waipawa Lad by 0.2 sec.
 
Addington Tuesday November 11
 
$50,000 FIRESTONE/STHN DEMO & SALVAGE FFA 1950m
Margins: 1 1/4 lengths, 4 1/2 lengths, 1/2 head
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 1-58.1  Last 800m: 54.8  the quickest last half on record at Addington as he coasted to a 54.8 split in front Last 400m: 26.3
 
Ashburton T.C. Oct. 27, 2008
 
HOTEL ASHBURTON TURF BAR HANDICAP PACE 2400m

Margins: 1 1/4 lengths, 4 1/2 lengths, 3/4 length
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 2-02.6 
Last 800m: 54.2  Last 400m: 25.6

Invercargill H.R.C. Apr. 26, 2008

ALABAR SOUTHERN SUPREMACY STAKES FINAL 3YOC&GMOBILE PACE 2700m
Margins: 2 3/4 lengths, 1/2 length, 8 1/2 lengths
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 2-00.7
  Last 800m: 54.0  Last 400m: 25.9

Addington Raceway Apr. 04, 2008

CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ DERBY 3yo Mobile Pace 2600m

Obliterated the race record by over 2 seconds
Margins: 3 lengths, 2 3/4 lengths, 3/4 length
Sectional Times: 
Mile Rate: 1-57.2  Last 800m: 55.8  Last 400m: 27.1

here`s a list of some of the previous winners of the Derby and there times as you can see there are some pretty handy names amongst them

2008  Auckland Reactor 3-09.4
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 1-57.2  Last 800m: 55.8  Last 400m: 27.1

2007  Changeover 3-11.8
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 1-58.6  Last 800m: 57.4  Last 400m: 29.4

2006  Pay Me Christian 3-18.3
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 2-02.7  Last 800m: 57.4  Last 400m: 28.5


2005  Badlands Bute  3-13.0
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 1-59.4  Last 800m: 57.3  Last 400m: 28.7


2004  Likmesiah 3-13.3
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 1-59.6  Last 800m: 58.7  Last 400m: 29.3


2003  Elsu  3-16.5
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 2-01.6  Last 800m: 57.0  Last 400m: 27.4


2002  Jack Cade 3-14.3
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 2-00.2  Last 800m: 57.0  Last 400m: 28.5


2001    Young Rufus 3-18.0
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 2-02.5  Last 800m: 58.3  Last 400m: 28.4


2000  Stars And Stripes 3-14.5
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 2-00.3  Last 800m: 58.0  Last 400m: 30.1

1999  Courage Under Fire 3-15.9
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 2-01.2  Last 800m: 56.2  Last 400m: 27.4


1998  Holmes D G  3-11.1
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 1-58.2  Last 800m: 57.1  Last 400m: 28.6


1997  Bogan Fella  3-11.6
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 1-58.5  Last 800m: 57.4  Last 400m: 28.5


1996  The Court Owl  3-13.1
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 1-59.4  Last 800m: 57.6  Last 400m: 28.4


1995  Il Vicolo 3-17.4
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 2-02.1  Last 800m: 57.2  Last 400m: 28.2


1994    Ginger Man  3-15.7
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 2-01.1  Last 800m: 56.5  Last 400m: 28.5

Addington Raceway . Mar. 28, 2008
 
FIRST SOVEREIGN TRUST 3YO FLYING STAKES 3YO MOBILE PACE, 1950m
 
Margins: 7 lengths, 1/4 length, 1/2 neck
Sectional Times:  Mile Rate: 1-55.9  Last 800m: 56.3  Last 400m: 28.3
Again as he has done throughout his career shaved almoest a second of the race record here a race won previously by the likes of Courage Under Fire(Margins: 3 3/4 lengths, neck, 4 1/4 lengthsSectional Times:  Mile Rate: 1-56.5  Last 800m: 56.3  Last 400m: 27.7)  Monkey King and Changeover

And the above only talks to seven of his 16 victories to date  - some horse
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Originally posted by jazzman jazzman wrote:

This horse is pretty special. Can some of you who may be in the know better than I, draw a line b/w Auckland Reactor and Courage Under Fire when he was at this stage on his winning streak a few years back. I remember going to the MV trots to see his winning streak continue ... and he lost! lol Must have been my presence ... enough to see him lose for the first time ever! But a mighty little pacer he was nonetheless.
 
Courage Under Fire
as a 2yo paced 1:57.7; as a 3yo 1:54.7; Best Mile rate 1:54.2 set at Newcastle in 2001 over 1609m`s Total Prizemoney $1,551,941
Courage Under Fire paced 1:57.7 and as a 3YO 1:54.7
Unbeaten in 24 starts as a 3yo he won a world record six derby classics - including the Australian Derby in a  world record time of 1.56.5 over the 2600 metres
RACING RECORD
AGE Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
2 6 6 0 0 $230,130
3 16 16 0 0 $668,458
4 6 3 1 0 $72,100
5 17 9 1 0 $205,701
6 11 7 2 0 $375,552
Overall 56 starts 41 4 0 $1,551,941
1997 NZ 2YO Pacer of the Year
1998 NZ 3YO Pacer of the Year and Australian
3YO Pacer of the Year
1999 NZ 4YO Pacer of the Year
At 2, winner NZ Welcome S., Final NZ Pyne Gould
Classic, heat and Final NZ Sires S. At 3, winner NZ, GN,
Vic., NSW, Qld. And Australian Derbys (Gr.1), Rising
Stars Championship, NZ Metropolitan Flying S. (Gr.2),
Pyne Gould Classic, etc. At 4, winner 2000 Shepparton
Cup. As aged, winner 2001 Australian Pacing
Championship (Gr.1), 2001 Qld. Championship (Gr.1),
SA Cup (GC), 2000 & 2001 Newcastle Mile, 5 heats in
2000, 2001 & 2002 Inter Dominions, etc.
 
Courage Under Fire did a massive amount of his racing in Australia whereas Auckland Reactor has done all his at home thus far so hard to line them up on that basis other than to say that based on the sectionals that Auckland Reactor is cutting out he would more than hold his own on the other side of the ditch.Having said that Auckland Reactor has it all ahead of him - Courage Under Fire sets the Benchmark as far as these two are concerned ruling out other Champions of years gone by.
 
heres a Nz  link  where you can type in both horses names and compare
if you like the type of sectionals Courage Under Fire in the limited number of races available was running as compared to Auckland Reactor
 
 

The same applies in the link below  just type in  Courage Under Fire`s  name in the general search section  for his Australian runs 
 
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Excellent posts Uncle.  I wonder what a certain someone will make of all of that and whether or not he would still say Auckland Reactor is overrated etc.
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Auckland Reactor the Superstar!
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Tommo - Great photo of the Champ getting up close and personal with what looked like a packed Cambridge Raceway.Mark like Father Roy and the rest of the Purdon clan and that includes brother in law Tony H   are wonderful people who over many years have done a hell of a  lot for Harness racing in Nz and continue to do so .
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Thanks for your reply Uncle!
Just a point I'd like to make about a couple of posters who were arguing earlier and mentioning Melpark Major; while some could argue Melpark isn't in the same league as Auckland Reactor, until they meet, this is not known. Melpark's win in the Popular Alm was one of the best wins you will see, he lifts a peg when he has to and is incredibly gutsy. He hasn't done anything to suggest he can't go up a peg when competing with better-performed horses.
Auckland is pretty special and I can't wait to see him in action here, but I just think we're blessed with some incredible pacing talent at the moment.
Istidaad kicking strongly, he's 2 lengths clear, Crawl gets out from a well back and old Mustard is grinding home... Hang on, Treasury Notes gets out from the back and she'll blouse them all!
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yeah
 
when the sport gets a hero (s) it attracts more fans especially of a younger age
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