Group 1 winning sprinter Atomic Force will kick off his spring campaign this weekend in the Listed 2012 Carlyon Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
The Darren Smith-trained gelding was last seen in a successful New Zealand campaign in January where he won the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m) and finished runner-up in the Telegraph Handicap (1200m).
A son of Danehill Dancer, Atomic Force had a strong hitout on the Moonee Valley track this morning leaving Smith with no doubts that he is ready to return to racing.
“He worked over half-a-mile (600m) and worked strong to the line, so all’s good. He’s definitely going to run,” Smith told Racing Victoria.
“This is just a nice race to start him off in, over 1000 metres.”
Smith said the seven-year-old was not yet at 100 percent but is still expecting a solid performance from the talented sprinter.
While the major spring goals have not been laid out for Atomic Force, possible options include the Group 1 2012 Patinack Farm Classic and the 2012 Manikato Stakes.
Atomic Force has been allocated the top weight of 60kg for Saturday’s test and will line up against a number of quality opponents.
Included in the 23-horse nominations list is Michael Moroney-trained four-year-old African Pulse who returned with an impressive victory earlier this month.
After a tough autumn where he finished midfield in some of the nation’s biggest sprints, African Pulse resumed with a 2 1/2 length win down the Flemington straight on August 11.
Also nominated is former star two-year-old One Last Dance and 2010 Krisflyer International Sprint winner Green Birdie.
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