Spieth(NZ) - Atalanta Miss
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This filly was a ripping type by a young sire who was a very fast horse and very well related being a ½ brother to the outstanding sprinter / miler in Star Of The Seas who won the Blamey Stakes on 27 February 2021.
Spieth won the City Tatts Lightning Handicap at Randwick and was placed in the Group 1 VRC Darley Classic and Group 1 VRC Lightning Stakes. These are serious races.
The filly is out of a mare we know well. Atalanta Miss was a natural 2yo winning the first 2yo race of the season in South Australia and training on to win the Adelaide Magic Millions 2YO Classic. She had the distinction of being probably the only horse to race in Magic Millions races in Victoria, SA, Queensland and Tasmania.
As well as winning the Adelaide Magic Millions 2YO Classic, she ran an unlucky 3rd in the Tasmanian Magic Millions 2YO Classic and was placed 5th in the Magic Millions Reverse Way Of Going Classic in Victoria. As a 3yo she was unplaced in the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas at the Gold Coast.
She was then sold and went to stud lightly raced which I like. This is her 2nd foal with the first foal not being named.
I loved this filly but kept away from her after I initially inspected her. I really did not want too many people to know I was interested in her. She vetted out without any issues and will be trained by Patrick Payne who trained Atalanta Miss for us.
The filly is bigger than her mother now which is positive but has a strong rear end and walks with great purpose. I will be very surprised if she does not get up and run early.
I have paid her up for the rich Magic Millions Series of races. Could she do what her Mum did, time will tell, but she looks a likely type. Patrick Payne trained her mother.
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