CHASE AUCKLAND SIXTH WINNING SON OF SIRE TO WIN A NZ FFA
By Jeff Scott
Chase Auckland became just the sixth Woodlands New Zealand Free-For-All-winning son to emulate their sire by taking out the Group One-winning pacing sprint of NZ Cup week.
The former star 3YO also brilliantly emulated his sire Auckland Reactor by brilliantly winning the Group One $156,400 NRM Sires’ Stakes Final on NZ Cup day two years ago in a NZ age group record 1:52.2 rate (1950m), before that race moved to 1980m.
The previous NZ Free-For-All winner to sire a subsequent NZ Free-For-All winner was Christian Cullen (1998), who left former Kentuckiana Lodge star Christen Me, winner of the 2014 NZ Free-For-All in the then NZ record time of 2:18.4 for the 1950m (lowered to 2:15.7 by Ultimate Machete in 2017).
Previously, three-time winner Lordship (1962-64-67), was represented by 1979 FFA winner, Lord Module, while Lordship himself was a multiple FFA winning son of another multiple winner in Johnny Globe, who won the sprint back-to-back in 1953-54.
Further back, Johnny Globe’s sire, Logan Derby, became the first NZ FFA winner (1938) to sire a future FFA winner and start that sire line’s successful history in the race.
The second NZ FFA winner to have a son replicate the feat was 1943 winner, Springfield Globe, who left 1965 winner, Tactician.
Chase Auckland continues to mirror the career of his sire.
Both emerged as spring 3YOs, going unbeaten through to winning their respective NRM Sires’s Stakes Finals.
Chase Auckland, from two on the second row in the Sires’ Stakes Final, stretched his unbeaten run at that early stage of his career to five, beating King Of Swing by two and three-quarter lengths.
He was unbeaten through his first seven, until former stablemate Sicario beat him into second in the lead-up to the Northern Derby at Auckland, with Chase Auckland on top again reversing the order in record time in the Group One 2700m Derby.
A muscle problem sidelined Chase Auckland for his early 4YO racing, then he had to resume among the hurly burly of top 4YO racing in NSW when targeting the Chariots Of Fire, and took a few starts to re-adjust to racing against the older pacers, winning once in nine starts.
This season, at five, he was a genuine NZ Cup contender, gaining stand start confidence after moving to the unruly, beating Spankem in the New Brighton Cup, then winning the Methven Cup and running a close-up fourth in Spankem’s Ashburton Flying Stakes.
Chase Auckland was also fourth in Tuesday’s NZ Cup for this term’s regular driver Tim Williams, before being rewarded with a perfect trip in the trail to outsprint leader Classie Brigade, early tangler Cruz Bromac and Spankem, in the 2019 Woodlands NZ Free-For-All.
He rated 1:54.2 for the moblle 1980m, the leaders last 800m in 55.5s and 400m in 27.3s.
Chase Auckland, now a winner of 12 of just 25 lifetime starts for $678,046 for owners, the Alabar Racing Syndicate, managed by Ivan Behrnes, revived the memory of Auckland Reactor’s emphatic record win in the 2008 $300,000 NZ Free-For-All on Show day for Mark Purdon, then co-training with Grant Payne.
Auckland Reactor (Mach Three-Atomic Lass), stretched his unbeaten record to 14 wins when he brilliantly rated a NZ record 1:54 (2000m) in his Free-For-All victory.
Subsequently sold for $4 million to race in North America and for a stud career, Auckland Reactor retired with a 1:51.4 mile in the USA, being a winner of 32 from 53 lifetime starts for $1.8 million.
Mark Purdon selected Chase Auckland from the Australasian Classic Yearling Sales, buying him for $45,000 for the Alabar Syndicate because he felt had the closest resemblance to his sire in the sale.
Chase Auckland, a 1:50.4 miler in Australia, is from Delicata, a two-win Falcon Seelster mare half-sister to Dreaming Spires, the Dream Away half-sister to former smart NZ winner, Hug The Wind (1:49, USA, 15 wins & $540,543) and to one-race Bettor’s Delight mare Forgotten Dreams, dam of fast USA winner Sprinter (1:48.6, 30 wins & $433,880).
Delicata has also left last season’s promising 2YO filly Little Miss Perfect, who ran fourth to the recently retired Sweet On Me in last season’s $138,00 Magness Benrow NZ Sires Stakes Fillies Championship at Auckland for the Barry Purdon stable.
Little Miss Perfect, by champion sire, Bettor’s Delight and co-raced by northern breeders, Tony and Anne Parker, won an Auckland lead-up Heat, beating Tiffany Rose, in a 1:56.9 mile rate, for the 1700m.
She resumed with an improver’s eighth (2.8 lengths from winner Some Do) at Auckland last week and has drawn the ace in a rating 54-59 mobile 2200m pace at Alexandra Park this Friday, with Kentuckiana Lodge filly Dr Susan again copping the tough seven marble.
Dr Susan, after easing back to last from the wide alley last week, did well for a half-neck second to the Woodlands-owned, Barry Purdon-trained Some Do (Bettor’s Delight-Dream Offer), after staging a wide sustained run over the final 600m for Nathan Purdon.