Juvenile Watch: Ross Millar's latest two-year-olds to follow

By Ross Millar@rosscojmill
Wed 21 Jul 2021

Our TipStar champion and two-year-old racing expert Ross Millar highlighted subsequent 10/1 winner Lord Ranier in his previous column and is back with his latest update and some promising juveniles to follow.


Atomic Force has possibly flown slightly under the radar this season because of the fact that his last two wins have come in France.

Having previously won the Prix Du Bois by a wide margin, he landed the Group Two Prix Robert Papin in impressive style last weekend. He broke smartly and again showed good early speed to control the race from the front, in truth never looking in any real danger before quickening smartly to win by a comfortable two lengths.

Atomic Force has a high cruising speed and crucially is able to quicken off it. The way he sees out his races suggests that a step-up in trip should not be a problem, something backed up by the dam’s side of his pedigree. Atlas Silk is a Juddmonte-bred mare by Dansili who won a ten-furlong maiden as a three-year old.

A £22,000 yearling, Atomic Force was gelded after his second run so long-term targets that would generally be open to a colt of this calibre are obviously off-limits. Trainer Kevin Ryan has suggested that the valuable Ballyhane Stakes at Naas is under consideration for his next start.

Cotai Glory is the standout first-season sire in terms of winners, and in Atomic Force I believe he also has the standout two-year-old performer so far this season.


Pleasingly the column has made a good start, with Already Gone (13/2) and Mount Rainier (10/1) duly winning on nursery debut. The former looks well capable of scoring again.

Hi Meh Darling first caught my eye when a fast-finishing second over six furlongs at Thirsk in June. Her run style suggested that the step-up to seven furlongs at Carlisle on her next start would suit her better, but the way she was ridden inexplicably changed - instead of being settled in the rear as previously, she was ridden up with the pace where she subsequently pulled hard before understandably weakening to finish in sixth.

Hi Meh Darling is one to note in nurseries from a feasible mark

Her last run at Hamilton saw her back over six furlongs and back to waiting tactics, with the result virtually a carbon-copy of the Thirsk run where she again finished to great effect although ultimately coming up short by a diminishing length.

The handicapper has given Hi Meh Darling a mark of 70 and I think this is workable, possibly over six furlongs initially - although I do think she’ll stay seven if she is ridden in a patient way.


Freddy Robinson (Brian Ellison)

This son of Adaay looks to be taking a while to get the hang of things. On both starts he has looked quite immature, slowly away on debut at Pontefract and pulling too hard before running on well in the final half-furlong.

On his latest start, he got away from the gate sharper and settled better and was able to take a more prominent position, but again when asked for his finishing effort it took a while for the penny to drop before he again finished well in the last half-furlong.

Natural progression will likely see him improve again and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him put up in distance to seven furlongs. There is plenty of stamina on the dam’s side of the pedigree and, given those conditions, I think he’s well up to winning a maiden.

Summer’s Day (Charlie Appleby)

This son of Invincible Spirit looked exceptionally wayward on debut at Doncaster, and given that he wore a hood I’d suggest it wasn’t out of character. He looked awkward at all stages and hung right for most of the race, only seeming to get the hang of things very late in the day.

Summer’s Day finished to fairly good effect and, looking at his pedigree, six furlongs was always going to be on the sharp side. If he has learned a bit from his first racecourse experience, he will be one to watch when sent over seven furlongs.

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