No incident, Atomica a safe bet | Sports

IGNORE EVERY yard of ATOMICA’s Gold Cup race. Throw that race out the window and think of the filly who clocked 1:10.4 for six furlongs three weeks earlier, carrying 112 pounds, three pounds shy of the 115 pounds she was allocated for the Cup from Jamaica on Saturday against I AM FRED, CALCULUS (should he start) and KING ARTHUR at 126 pounds each.

Similar to their first defeat, a third crown behind BLUE VINYL in the Jamaica St Leger, ATOMICA’s Gold Cup debacle began at the gate – RUNAWAY ALGO rushing to SHE’S MY DESTINY at the start, surprising an already temperamental ATOMICA – whose race subsequently fell apart in a series of events.

After settling in and quickly passing RUNAWAY ALGO to race alongside SHE’S MY DESTINY, ATOMICA’s eccentric reaction to SHE’S A WONDER coming from eighth position caused her to run away from the speedster, rushing into JORDON REIGN against the rail as they passed the five furlong marker.

Falling back to fourth against the rail as MAHOGANY claimed third place, ATOMICA got stuck behind SHE’S A WONDER and SHE’S MY DESTINY. Spotting MAHOGANY moving on the outside, Dane Dawkins decided to shove ATOMICA through a gap that jockey Charles Hussey described as a “blind spot” on the turn leaving the tripolar.

As the space tightened as SHE’S A WONDER negotiated the bend just off the rail, ATOMICA ran into his back and backed up last, even passing the rear marker RACE CAR, which ran wide into the lane . Going home last, Dawkins again had to move ATOMICA behind SHE’S A WONDER, after which she raced in the stretch race to finish fifth, beating SHE’S MY DESTINY, two and a quarter lengths behind third place I AM FRED, who was six years old. and a half on the winner, MAHOGANY.

ATOMICA, who had dismissed SHE’S MY DESTINY with utter disdain in an uneventful run three weeks earlier, had hardly asked Dawkins questions, still beat her by a length and a quarter in the Gold Cup after straightening out six and a half lengths behind at seven furlongs.

If ATOMICA hadn’t had problems in the Gold Cup, MAHOGANY couldn’t have hit her with a long pole. Back at nine and a half furlongs for the Jamaica Cup, carrying 115lbs, getting 11lbs from I AM FRED and KING ARTHUR, the derby-winning filly from Subratie is set to set the record straight with a door-to-door win. thread.

His stable mate, CALCULUS, is the roster’s two-lap specialist but did not train for this event and would have struggled after his last practice. Although KING ARTHUR flew on exercise last Saturday morning clocking 1:26.4 over seven furlongs, he might have left his form on the race track, having not raced since August 27 .

St Leger winner BLUE VINYL watched his former self on exercise but has the daunting task of coming back from position 10 to edge out ATOMICA drawn eight, a tall order, especially after the filly put him on the spot. beat in the derby.