Above: Atomic standing at Claremont Thoroughbreds
Bargain priced stallion Atomic continues to give his supporters plenty of bang for their buck.
Standing at just $2,200 at Greg Daffy’s Western District property -Claremont Thoroughbreds – Atomic produced another winner on the weekend when Muntham Missile made it two wins in succession with a victory at Bordertown after winning at Mount Gambier.
It was the mare’s fifth win from 17 starts.
The Daffy trained Chortomic ran fourth, beaten just 1.5 lengths, over 1600m at Caulfield on Saturday.
Daffy said Atomic’s progeny were performing well.
“He also had a couple of runners in Adelaide and they were first-up from a spell and they look like they are back for a good prep,” he said.
“I am really, really pleased with them. There is another little mare of mine, Bombshell Belle (trained by Symon Wilde at Warrnambool) and she has won three from seven now.
“We haven’t jacked up Atomic’s price or done anything silly and he is still at the $2000, plus GST and he should get plenty of mares again.”
Atomic (Commands/Fluffy Duck) covered 23 mares last season and Daffy admits he would have liked more. He served 27 the previous year and his most productive year was in his second season in 2013 when he covered 59 mares.
“Last year wasn’t too bad but I think this year he’ll go even better,” Daffy said.
“There are a couple of good ones around. There is a horse called The Last Napoleon and he raced at Flemington the other week and he went pretty well.
“He is starting to get those few more city runners now and I think that’s going to make the big difference to him.”
Atomic was trained to victory by Lee Freedman in the Listed Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) on debut at Sandown in February 2011. Unfortunately, he broke down at his next start in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes won by Sepoy.
A $205,000 purchase at the 20910 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Daffy paid $5,500 for Atomic at the 2012 Great Southern Bloodstock Sale.
Asked whether he thought some people might dismiss Atomic because of his modest service fee, Daffy said: “Possibly, but at the end of the day we have had a clientele of owner/breeders and they have sort of supported us early with the other old horses we had, Musee D’Orsay and Green Perfume.
“The reason we had this affiliation with them was because they could breed a cheap horse. I have always said they need to be able to breed them cheaper than they can go to the weanling sales and buy them.
“The weanling sales have really dictated to the owner/breeder and with our stallions we have had to make sure that it is still affordable or otherwise people would just pull up stumps and go to the weanling sales and buy a cheap weanling won’t they?”
Daffy said the key to Atomic getting perhaps the support he deserved was to have more city runners and runners.
He said that’s what people want to see in a stallion.
“He is getting a few of those now and I think he has had five or six city runners in the past week and a half,” Daffy said.
“That makes a lot of difference.
“I had one, Costa Bomb, which finished second up the straight at Flemington and won at Sandown and she was perhaps a little bit unlucky that she did not go on to nearly listed grade.
“But she had a few things go wrong, if we can get that type of horse to come through, we should be all right.”
Costa Bomb was Atomic’s first winner.
Daffy said they had also purchased five year-old Royal Symphony (Domesday/Naturalist), a dual listed winner who had his last run in November. He will stand at $4,500, plus GST.
“He was just a horse that became available and I had the Danehill horse, Musee D’Orsay and then the Commands horse and so obviously more Danehill again, so we were really looking for something good, away from the Danehill.
“As I said a lot of our clients had been down that path and we needed the next one and when Royal Symphony became available it became pretty obvious on pedigree, plus his race record was just exceptional.
“It was a pretty easy fit-up.”
He said with the two stallions, he expects it to be a busy spring.
Daffy, who paid $42,500 for Royal Symphony at the Inglis Digital Sale in January, expects his newest stallion to get plenty of support.
“He’ll be really heavily supported and he is a well-known horse and he is going to be popular,” he said.
“Both stallions should be able to complement each other really well and one is a little bit cheaper than the other and one with the race record and one has the score on the board so to speak.
“So hopefully it works out.”
Daffy said he had mares by his stallions that he was looking to send out last season but found it difficult to find what he was after.
He said they had about 200 horses on their 520 hectare property at Balmoral, about 80 kilometres south-west of Horsham.