Horse Racing: Odds-On Atlantic Proves Easy Target
Byline: By Martin Kelly at Newbury
Atlantic Sport's lofty reputation took another knock after he failed to fire as expected behind Easy Target in the Jupiter Unit Trust Managers Conditions Stakes at Newbury.
Mick Channon's one-time Classic hope was a warm order at odds of 4-6 to build on his promising seasonal bow over the course and distance two weeks ago.
All seemed to be going to plan for much of the seven-furlong race with Richard Hughes even allowing himself a brief glance through his legs as the three-year-old travelled powerfully two furlongs out.
But his mount did not find what was required at the business end of affairs and lost out to Bryan Smart's 10-1 winner by three quarters of a length.
Channon said of his Group One-entered colt: "Richard said they couldn't go fast enough for him early, but he didn't find what you thought he might. I don't know what to say really. We'll take home, have a look and start again as he does have a lot of ability."
Smart's assistant Kevin Edmunds added of the winner: "He settled well behind a strong pace and he will stay a mile. Now he's won at this level we might look for a Group Three for him."
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