Atomic Force to race at Caulfield

Atomic Force to race at CaulfieldGroup One winning sprinter Atomic Force has been given the all-clear to get back the races with the Sir John Monash Stakes at Caulfield next Saturday his target.

Trainer Darren Smith and connections had to pull the pin on Atomic Force’s autumn campaign after his ninth behind Black Caviar in the TJ Smith Stakes in April.

The gelding injured a muscle in the TJ Smith and was given a few weeks off, missing any chance to race at the Brisbane carnival.

He showed he was ready for a return with a barrier trial win at Gosford last week.

“He pulled up a bit average after the TJ,” Smith said.

“He had a bit of a muscle injury in his hind quarters so we decided to give him some time off to get over it.

“He trialled well and we’ll see how he works on Tuesday before we make a final decision but the plan is to take him to Caulfield for the Listed race and then see where we go from there.”

The Bletchingly Stakes on July 27 is also on the program and if Atomic Force doesn’t race in the Monash he will resume in that race.

Michael Rodd has been booked to ride Atomic Force in the Monash which is over 1100 metres, the distance of seven of his 11 wins including the 2011 Group One Galaxy.

Atomic Force crossed the Tasman to claim his second Group One win in the 2012 Railway Stakes at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.

He stayed in New Zealand to run second in the Telegraph Handicap in February but sustained an injury to his off fore cannon bone which has given him some trouble since.

He had a three-start spring campaign with Mick Price in Melbourne last year but that was cut short when the injury flared again and he returned to Smith at Newcastle.