Unbeaten in two starts, ATOMICA is the ante-post favourite for Saturday’s Caymanas Park feature, Thornbird Stakes, a traditional prep for the fillies-only 1000 Guineas at a mile, which will be run early June.
GOLDEN WATTLE, who chased down colts, BRINKS and PERFECT BREW, to win December’s Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes at a mile, makes her three-year-old debut in the Thornbird Stakes badly drawn at post-position one with topweight 126lb.
A hot pace is expected with Hot Line Stakes winner, PRNCSSHOOTINGSTAR, and ATOMICA being among the speediest in the eight-horse line-up.
PRNCSSHOOTINGSTAR led BRINKS to almost the final furlong of the Pick 3 Super Challenge for two-year-olds in November before returning to make all in March’s Hot Line Stakes against her peers. Though highly suspect at seven, PRNCSSHOOTINGSTAR’s speed will influence the pace, making her an early target for ATOMICA.
Gary Subratie’s ATOMICA showed off her tracking pace last time out, easily dismissing United States-bred LUKSOL to clock six furlongs in 1:13.0. Running with 119lb, getting seven pounds from Anthony Nunes’ GOLDEN WATTLE, ATOMICA is likely to be in control before the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes winner comes calling.
Bred Nuclear Wayne-Honkeytonkville, ATOMICA is a half-sister to Bonnie Blue Flag and Royal Dad Trophy Grade 3 winner, Southern Cruise (Weekend Cruise). She has worked fabulously for the Thornbird, clocking 1:07.0 in a five and a half furlong gallop out the mile chute.
Jason DaCosta’s OUTBIDDER, half-sister to Horse of the Year, FURTHER AND BEYOND, and classic-winning ABOVE AND BEYOND, won impressively at seven furlongs in February, ticking off her second victory from three starts.
Similar to ATOMICA, OUTBIDDER easily beat LUKSOL, her stablemate, but had to wait to go by off the home turn, running out unchallenged in 1:28.3 at seven furlongs. The difference in pace was also clear in January when ATOMICA clocked 1:13.0, a day before OUTBIDDER posted 1:13.3 for her first victory.
Dane Dawkins, joint leading rider with Dane Nelson on 24 wins, has the leg up aboard ATOMICA whereas Tevin Foster will do duties astride GOLDEN WATTLE. Champion jockey and first-call at DaCosta’s barn, Anthony Thomas, partners OUTBIDDER.
The Thornbird Stakes is the ninth of 10 events scheduled. First post is noon.
CAYMANAS PARK TIPS
Race 1 – 1400mGeneral Mubaraak (9), Funky Fashion (3)
Race 2 – 1400mBruce Wayne (2), It’s All I (5)
Race 3 – 1600mUncle Frank (3), Salah (4)
Race 4 – 1000m RdBugatti (7), I Realise (6)
—-Race 5 – 1000m StK.D. Rocket (6)
Race 6 – 900m StRocket Lily (9)
Race 7 -1600mEl Cid (6)
Race 8 – 1200mT Brady (10), Press Confernce (1)
Race 9 – 1400mAtomica (5)
Race 10 – 1300mFurther And Beyond (1)
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