Atomica takes Menudo Trophy with ease
Atomica (Dane Nelson) easily wins the $1.75- million Menudo Trophy feature race at Caymanas Park on Saturday, September 23, 2023. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

As expected Atomica won her fourth-consecutive race in an easy romp in the third running of the $1.75-million Menudo Trophy feature, the main attraction on Saturday's 10-race card at Caymanas Park.

Atomica, the reigning Horse of the Year, seized command down the backstretch and cantered home under hand-riding to win the Graded Stakes/Open Allowance event for three-year-olds and upward by four lengths. Atomica finished the 10-furlong (2,000m) race in 2:08.2 (24.1 x 49.3 x 1:13.2 x 1:140.4).

Atomica, ridden by champion jockey Dane Dawkins, got a good start and contested the early lead with Outtbidder (Jerome Innis) going around the clubhouse turn and on to the main track.

Dawkins cranked up the notch aboard Atomica, and the Gary Subratie trainee took command of the race at the six-furlong (1,200m) mark. Atomica kept her run going nicely into the half-mile (800m) turn before breaking away from competitors at the top of the straight. Atomica pushed her way home, handily beating Miniature Man (Ramon Nepare) and D Head Cornerstone (Sadiki Blake) despite not being asked to do anything in deep stretch.

Atomica was one of two winners on the day for Subratie, who also saddled Sensational Move (Richard Henry) in the day's seventh race.

Also with two winners were trainers Anthony Nunes and Philip Feanny as well as jockeys Tevin Foster and Reyan Lewis.

Three-time champion Nunes saddled Mr Senator (Jawara Steadman) in the third race and Hoist The Mast (Foster) in the fifth race, while 14-time champion Feanny saddled Gilbert in the sixth race, giving Foster his double, and I've Got Magic (Lewis) in the 10th and final event.

In addition to I've Got, Lewis, who is the current leading rider, had earlier booted Neo Star in the ninth event for trainer Peter-John Parsard for his double.

Racing continues today with another 10-race programme. First post is at 11:45 am.

Ruddy Allen

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