Atomic Aussie blasts New Zealand

Monday, 2 January 2012

Aussie raider Atomic Force overcame a slow start and a wide run to claim his second Group 1 in the NZ Railway Stakes on Sunday.

Atomic Force (6g Danehill Dancer – Show of Force by Luskin Star) defeated the best Kiwi sprinters in training at Ellerslie.  The trip to New Zealand was “Plan B” for the Newcastle galloper after he was overlooked by the HKJC for the International Sprint at Sha Tin last month.

The short-course star hasn’t looked back since Dynamic Syndications transferred him to Darren Smith’s Newcastle stables in March 2010.  He had won just two of 13 starts during prior spells with Chris Waller, John Hawkes and Kevin Moses.

“He had been dismissed as a bush horse but he’s earned 23 cheques in 23 starts with Darren,” Dynamic manager Dean Watt said.   “He was having problems with his feet and Darren had them redone.  And he’s also much happier in the paddock rather than stalls in Sydney.”

Atomic Force won the G1 AJC Galaxy Handicap in April 2011 and Watt will decide whether to set him for the G1 Telegraph Handicap at Trentham or return home for the Magic Millions Sprint.

He is by former Coolmore shuttler Danehill Dancer and has turned out a great money spinner for connections after being purchased for just $50,000 from the Raheen Stud draft at the 2007 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

The New Zealand victory improved his career card to 11 wins in 36 starts for earnings of $878,000.

Raheen Stud’s consignment for the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions includes lots by Coolmore sires Encosta de Lago, Haradasun and Oratorio (Ire).

Raheen’s Encosta de Lago – Days of Innocense (Lion Hunter) is scheduled to parade as Lot 566 at the Saturday evening session on January 14.  The colt is from the immediate family of Lion Hunter’s Group 1 winning filly Luvely Jubly.

Atomic Force
Raheen graduate wins the G1 Railway Stakes at Ellerslie