A winner waiting to happen. It is a saying that states how well a horse has run or they are coming back into form. Sometimes it can come back to bite you, with that certainty of a win just not being backed up. When the prophecy does come true it is a great feeling to be vindicated and Atomic Force confirmed his eye-catching debut when running away with the 5f EBF Restricted Maiden Stakes at Hamilton.
The son of Cotai Glory was a yearling purchase from GoffsUK and looked the type to be an early 2yo. Thankfully he continued in that trend during his preparation and as he grew he got stronger, coming to hand nice and early. He was ready and there was no need in waiting with the chestnut so Atomic Force was out very early in the season at Musselburgh. Despite a small field the race was a little messy and being forced to race wide, the colt did well to finish runner up, having travelled through powerfully before just getting tired. The promise of that run alone suggested he was a sure fire winner but then the form worked out really well, with the winner going on and 3rd winning next time out.
Gelding Atomic Force was decided the correct action following his first run so there was a slight gap to seeing him again but the juvenile didn’t take long to get back to action and put himself forward for another run. Back to Scotland but this time Hamilton, Atomic Force headed north to tackle 7 rivals. Opposition was mainly newcomers and those with form were not as strong as Atomic Force so the chestnut would be a strong favourite at 1/2f. Kevin Stott was on board as the pair looked to go one better than before.
From the start Atomic Force took control as he pinged the gates and jumped straight to the lead. Kevin let him stride on and Atomic Force held a length lead as he took the field along down the centre of the track. Keeping it simple the pair just strode on and forced the rest to play catch up.
Halfway and Atomic Force had the field well stretched as he powered downhill. His inexperienced rivals couldn’t match the speed shown and the fractions were splitting the field up. Kevin was in no mood to let up and wanted to wind his mount up 2f from home, utilising the advantage they had earned. Doing this saw his rivals come off the bridle as they attempted to reel in Atomic Force.
For a couple of strides the lead did shorten but Atomic Force had complete control. Kevin had yet to really ask his mount to stretch but he was still shifting through the gears. The final 1 1/2f turned into a procession because once the button was pressed the race was over. It was all hands and heels but Atomic Force quickened up and scooted clear. Ensuring he was kept up to his work and got an education, Kevin push his mount out but the conclusion was clear. Atomic Force had blasted from the start and never looked in danger to secure his 2 3/4 length victory.
This was an impressive display from Atomic Force, he set a frantic gallop but managed to quicken form the front with ease. He had looked likely to do something like this following his debut but you have to go out there and do it, which he certainly did. Obviously this time of year people immediately talk about Royal Ascot and whilst that could be a serious option, connections will have a think about what is best. With races like the Super Sprint around the corner too, Atomic Force will have some big targets in line but he looks well capable of stepping up to the plate for all at Hambleton Racing.