Blinkers set Atomic on the Charge at Sale

Mar 16, 2018

She started at big odds, but the addition of blinkers made all the difference to Atomic Charge at Sale.

Atomic Charge had shown ability on the training track but had previously struggled to take that form to the racetrack. Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra decided to use the blinkers on the filly in the Ladbrokes Maiden Plate.

Stepping up to 1400m also helped the daughter of Charge Forward find her best form under the riding of apprentice Michael Poy.

Poy rode a smart race on Atomic Charge. The young rider remained calm despite being caught wide on Atomic Charge early in the race before sliding forward to settle second once the pace slackened at the 1000m.

Atomic Charge travelled well for Poy before she responded to the jockey’s urgings to hit the front at the 200m. Poy got the best out of Atomic Charge as she held a late challenge to score by three-quarters of a length.

“I was caught a bit wide, but I knew there wasn’t much pace, so I let her roll forward and the blinkers switched her on today,” Poy said.

“She showed a good turn of foot when I asked her to go and she put them away quite well.

“I wasn’t too worried (when the runner-up challenged), I knew I still something still up my sleeve but credit to the horse, she fought on well and ran through the line.”

Atomic Charge’s breakthrough win came at her sixth start. The victory was also Ellerton Zahra Racing’s latest success in partnership with syndicator First Light Racing.

Congratulations to Atomic Charge’s owners and all involved with her maiden success at Sale.