The stable saddled only one runner on the Friday November 1st meeting, and came away with a win when Atlas scored a brave victory in the class 4 over 1200m. The son of Atlante was having his second career start after winning a restricted maiden on the 29th of September.
With a lovely trial the previous week, the stable went into the race with quiet confidence he would be very competitive and this confidence grew when on Friday morning two of the eight runners were scratched. Allotted 54kg, Ben Thompson was given the ride.
Pre-race Atlas was a little excited being saddled and in the parade ring, but knowing him well this wasn’t unexpected as he knew he was about to race, and has proven to be a little “hot” around the stables since his arrival in Singapore. Although a touch tardy away from the gates, Thompson soon had him tracking nicely just behind the leaders. Coming off heels at the top of the straight behind a very slow tempo set by the leading pair, Atlas was engaged in an epic battle with Ottawa (Louis-Philippe Beuzelin) while the heavily backed favorite Vulcan (Alysha Collett) was letting down with a big run on the outside.
With three horses fighting it out, Thompson balanced Atlas up in the final part of the race and he toughed it out gallantly to eventually put a half-length in advance of Vulcan, who pipped Ottawa for second place by a head. The winning time was 1min 11.46secs for the 1200m on the Long Course.
Jockey Ben Thompson was full of praise for Atlas.“He gave me a nice ride to the gates, but I feel he still doesn’t have an on and off button. He still traveled lovely, though.We got to the front a long way from home, but he went through the line really well.”
Popular owner Scott Bryce was joined by wife Renee and fellow owners as well as friends with a cheer squad numbering 17 roaring loudly as he crossed the line in front. Scott and partners will have Hardcore and Copacabana stepping out in the coming weeks and it would be no surprise to see Scott’s colours in the winners stall again soon. Atlas has already racked up around $70,000 in stakes earnings for the Atlas Stable from his two victories in Singapore.