Updated: Jun 21
Showing blistering pace, Atomic Force made all the running to land the Group 3 Prix du Bois on Sunday at Chantilly to become the first stakes winner for his young sire Cotai Glory.
The Kevin Ryan-trained youngster had been impressive when breaking his maiden at Hamilton last month and was similarly dominant on this occasion, breaking smartly under Stephane Pasquier to assume control from the outset. He was still travelling strongly with his ears pricked as they came to the two furlong marker but while everything else, including recent stakes winner Dizzy Bizu, was off the bridle, Atomic Force continued to bound clear.
At the line, the Hamilton Racing colour-bearer had a wide margin to spare over the second, Black Lives Matter.
"We think he's a very good horse," Kevin Ryan told JDG. "He won really comfortably the last time. We chose this race for him and I just told Stéphane Pasquier to let him go. Up front, we know he would be great.
"Now we'll take him home, and make our plans for the rest of the year. "
Stéphane Pasquier added: "I thought he was watching a lot, but he was going so fast. These English 2 years old are incredible, already physically. He has a good attitude. After 200m I knew I was going to win. Even if they had attacked me again, he would have gone on."
Bred by David Barry in Ireland, Atomic Force is the best of several winners out of Atlas Silk, a winning Dansili daughter of Listed scorer Marani from a fine Juddmonte family. He was a £22,000 yearling purchase by Kevin Ryan and Stephen Hillen from Railstown Stud at last year's Goffs Sportsman's Sale.
His win caps a big week for Cotai Glory, who was also represented at Royal Ascot by the Coventry Stakes runner-up Eldrickjones and Windsor Castle Stakes runner-up Dig Two. He is the sire of 11 winners out of his first crop overall.