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Driver Named For 'The Reactor;' Purdon Drops Appeal

Published: March 24, 2009 11:01 am ET

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The twisting tale of Auckland Reactor and horseman Mark Purdon at the 2009 Interdominion has taken another turn, as the trainer-driver has dropped his appeal and another pilot has been retained to steer the son of Mach Three in Saturday's $1.2 million (AUS.) Grand Final on Queensland's Gold Coast.

An article on the Herald Sun states that Victorian driver Gavin Lang will be navigating Auckland Reactor. The 49-year-old has been quoted as saying the assignment is the opportunity of a lifetime.

"I speak at quite a few sportsman's nights and am often asked what's the best horse I've driven," the Herald Sun has quoted the pilot as saying. "That'll be an easy after I drive Auckland Reactor."

The report also states that Purdon has dropped his appeal against a six-week driving he was handed stemming from a drive in a preliminary Interdominion leg.

For background information on Auckland Reactor in the Interdominion, click on the links to the stories which are listed below.

Click here to read the Herald Sun article in its entirety.

(With files from the Herald Sun)

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