Minor setbacks

By Michael Guerin

The plans of two of the country’s leading pacers have suffered minor setbacks.

And while they are unlikely to rob Ultimate Machete and Chase Auckland of their summers, their fans won’t be seeing them at the Auckland Cup carnival.

Both horses were supposed to head north with stablemate Thefixer this week to prepare for racing at either Alexandra Park on New Years Eve or at Cambridge before heading to Australia.

But while Thefixer has come north, the other two are still in Canterbury.

“Ultimate Machete was just a little sore after he won at Addington last week so he is better staying home until he is 100 per cent,” said Purdon.

“We don’t think it is anything major but his feet are something which are always going to need to be managed.

“So while we hope to get him to Australia the races up here in the north are unlikely.”

Chase Auckland, who hasn’t raced this season, had a slightly off blood report after his latest workout so will be given time to come right but Purdon hasn’t ruled out getting him to the Futurity at Cambridge, which is now on January 24 at Cambridge.

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