Rac­ing ac­tion and re­ac­tion,

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Chase Auck­land, a younger replica of for­mer track great Auck­land Re­ac­tor, com­pleted the fairy­tale re­peat of his sire’s win in the

2007 NRM NZ Sires Stakes Fi­nal when tak­ing out the 2017 ver­sion in record time at Ad­ding­ton on Tues­day.

Auck­land Re­ac­tor (1:51.4), like Chase Auck­land, didn’t be­gin rac­ing un­til a spring three-yearold. Both sire and son won their race de­buts a decade apart on the same day, Septem­ber 16.

Auck­land Re­ac­tor bril­liantly over­came the out­side front row draw of nine to win the Gr. 1

$184,000 NRM Sires Stakes 3YO Fi­nal at Ad­ding­ton in 2007 at his fifth start.

The son of Mach Three won his first 17 on end and re­tired win­ning

32 of 53 starts for $1.8 mil­lion in stakes.

Chase Auck­land em­u­lated his sire’s path, stretch­ing his un­beaten run to four in the

$170,000 NRM Sires Stakes Fi­nal. Mark Pur­don se­lected Chase Auck­land (from the first crop of Auck­land Re­ac­tor) at the Aus­tralasian Clas­sic Year­ling Sales at Karaka.

From a two-win Fal­con Seel­ster mare in Del­i­cata, a sis­ter to Tues­day’s fast class free-for-all run­ner-up Hug The Wind (1:56.3,

10 wins & $427,656), Chase Auck­land was se­cured for $45,000 for the Alabar Rac­ing Syn­di­cate.

Pur­don felt Chase Auck­land had the clos­est re­sem­blance to his sire of the year­lings he in­spected.

He co-trains Chase Auck­land with Rolle­ston train­ing part­ner, Natalie Ras­mussen, who reined Chase Auck­land from the trail to com­plete the sire-son fairy­tale.

Chase Auck­land dashed away in the run home to win untested by 23⁄4 lengths in 2:16.1 for the

1950m, a siz­zling 1:52.2 mile rate, and 0.4 of a sec­ond quicker than Ul­ti­mate Ma­chete recorded for the All Stars sta­ble in the race 12 months ago.

Ras­mussen said Chase Auck­land will keep get­ting bet­ter.

‘‘He’s tough and quick. He has a bit of ev­ery­thing,’’ Ras­mussen said.

Pur­don was very con­fi­dent Chase Auck­land would de­liver if he found room in the Sires Fi­nal.

‘‘I said to Natalie if there was one horse that was a win­ner to­day it would be him.

‘‘He was buck­ing and kick­ing in his pad­dock and was so well,’’ Pur­don said.

Chase Auck­land will now tar­get the rich PGG Wrightson NZ Year­ling Sales race at Auck­land on New Year’s eve.

Pur­don said one of the Aus­tralian Derby races is also in the pipe­line for the un­beaten ex­cite­ment ma­chine.

Aus­tralasian Breed­ers Crown

2YO champ King Of Swing made a gal­lant at­tempt to lead through­out from the ace bar­rier in the Sires Stakes Fi­nal, but had Chase Auck­land per­fectly poised on his back.

He held the oth­ers by a touch over two lengths for sec­ond with out­sider Cul­len­burn from three back, run­ning into third.

All U Need Is Faith, a sta­ble­mate of the win­ner, fourth af­ter be­ing parked early, then tak­ing a one-one sit be­hind Pat’s De­light be­gin­ning the last lap.

Pur­don said he wasn’t dis­ap­pointed with sec­ond favourite Spankem be­ing un­able to fin­ish closer than ninth.

"He was three out for the last lap and go­ing the speed they were go­ing he just couldn’t get to them," Pur­don said.


Chase Auck­land, driven by Natalie Ras­mussen, has plenty of energy left af­ter his Sire Stakes suc­cess rear­ing in the air af­ter the race.

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