Australia will not be represented at the Hong Kong International meeting in December after top-class sprinter Atomic Force was overlooked for an invitation.
Atomic Force (6g Danehill Dancer – Show Of Force by Luskin Star) is raced by Dynamic Syndications and he is a Group 1 winner of The Galaxy at Randwick.
Dynamic manager Dean Watt bought him for $50,000 from the Raheen Stud draft at the 2007 Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale. His bank balance now tops $716,300.
“To miss out at the 11th hour is disappointing,” Watt said. “Especially as the HKJC committee haven’t invited a sprinter from the southern hemisphere.
“It’s puzzling at a time when Australian sprinters are world class. The results of previous international sprints statistically speak for themselves, too.”
ROLL CALL – HONG KONG GROUP 1 SPRINT
1999 Fairy King Prawn (Aus)
2000 Falvelon (Aus)
2001 Falvelon (Aus)
2002 All Thrills Too (Aus)
2003 Silent Witness (Aus)
2004 Silent Witness (Aus)
2005 Natural Blitz (Aus)
2006 Absolute Champion (Aus)
2007 Sacred Kingdom (Aus)
2008 Inspiration (Aus)
2009 Sacred Kingdom (Aus)
2010 J J the Jet Plane (SAf)