Atlantic Blue earns well-deserved rest after scoring fourth win

Friday, October 11, 2019

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The Eric Martin-bred and-owned chestnut colt Atlantic Blue has earned for himself a well-deserved rest, according to trainer Fitznahum Williams after winning the iCool Flavoured Water Cranberry Restricted Allowance event on Sunday.

The consistently performing son of Strikewhileitshot out of the Law Of The Sea mare Luvable has now won four races with three second-placed finishes from eight starts and has moved up into the Overnight Allowance company.

Ridden by Kiaman McGregor , Atlantic Blue, who was sent off as the 8-5 favourite, came home an easy two-length winner ahead of Kalahari (Reyan Lewis) and Graydon (Samantha Fletcher) in a time of 1:19.3 minutes going 6 furlongs (1,300m).

Williams, while pleased with the effort from his charge, insisted that Atlantic Blue needs a break after racing eight times during six months from May to October.

“I am heartily pleased with the progress of this colt. He came in as a late three-year-old and came through very quickly to be racing as a four-year-old in seven months' time and he was there running into a four-year-old maiden race. So, from there I had to be patient with him bit by bit because he does have a difficulty,” Williams explained.

“However, for today's [Sunday, October 6, 2019] race, my instruction to the rider was to get a good jump and remain fifth or sixth wherever you want to sit, but make your move approaching the three furlong marker. That is just what he did today and it turned out successful. After this victory, I am going to give him a little breeze out for a time. It is something he deserves,” Williams added.

—Hurbun Williams


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