February 20, 2018 National Trotguide
No 2. ATOMIC RED (2ND EMERGENCY)
Trained by Steve Turnbull Driver: Steve Turnbull
Career – 22 starts, for 9 wins, 3 seconds and 4 thirds and $226,900 in prizemoney
A local NSW bred and ultra-tough 4YO, Atomic Red is the second emergency and is unlikely to gain a start, but you never know in the horse game if back luck was to hit some of the other runners.
He has progressed from winning in 1:55.1 at 2, to 1:51.3 at 3, to a career best 1:50.3 in winning the Group Three 4YO Hondo Grattan Stakes at Menangle on 20 January.
A game third to Jilliby Kung Fu in the 4YO Chariots Of Fire on 10 February in a time of 1:48.8, Atomic Red is a tough staying pacer who last season ran a world record 1:54.4 mile rate over 2400-metres in winning a heat of the NSW Pacers Derby.
If he gets a start, Steve Turnbull will be going for his second Miracle Mile after his last stride win aboard his champion Smooth Satin in the 2001 edition.