Atomic Force Claims NZ Group One

Aussie galloper Atomic Force (6g Danehill Dancer x Show of Force, by Luskin Star) produced a sensational effort to win one of New Zealand’s biggest sprint races when taking out the Group I Railway Stakes over 1200 metres at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.

The win gave Newcastle-based trainer Darren Smith his second success at the elite level following on from Atomic Force’s maiden Group I win in the ATC Galaxy at Randwick last April.

Atomic Force was a shade tardy to leave the barriers, then settled back towards the tail of the field and despite being forced to travel at least four wide without cover for the entire race, he finished like the top class sprinter he is.

Turning for home, the son of Danehill Dancer was the widest runner, but jockey Nash Rawiller produced him with a well timed run to win by half a length.

“It was a bit average after the start but all honours to Nash, he didn’t panic,” Smith told NZ’s Trackside TV.

“Everything was 110 per cent with the horse.

“It couldn’t have worked out any better and I couldn’t be any prouder of the horse.”

Smith said Atomic Force might remain in New Zealand to run in the Group I Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham on January 21, depending on how the horse comes through the run.

A $50,000 purchase for Dynamic Syndications from the Raheen Stud draft at Magic Millions, Atomic Force has the overall record of 11 wins and 12 placings from 36 starts with prizemoney of $878,300.

Atomic Force is one of five winners, but the first stakes-winner for Group I placed Luskin Star mare Show of Force, who comes from the family of six-time Group I winner Encounter.

Atomic Force’s sire Danehill Dancer will have seven youngsters on offer at Magic Millions next week from his last Australian conceived foal crop.

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