Sep 22, 2014
Atalaga proved that patience is a virtu,e with a barnstorming last to first win in the 1200m All Computer Services 3 Year-Old Maiden Handicap at the Sunshine Coast. After missing the start, jockey Ric McMahon allowed the daughter of Real Saga to settle at the rear of the field and find her feet, before coming wide in the run home to score an impressive win.
“You can’t ask for more than that from a first starter, it was a most impressive performance. We felt she had ability from day one and her work leading into this race was first rate, so we were very confident. I must admit that my heart was in my mouth when she missed the start and was tailed off, but she has a habit of doing that, which Ric was and he showed very good judgement to let her find her feet and not scrub her along. Her turn of foot in the run home was exciting to see her finish the way she did.” Commented Dan Meagher
Chris Meagher was also upbeat about the performance. “You don’t see too many horses do that sort of thing, especially at their first start. I have to say a big thank you to the owners, as they have been very patient and allowed us to bring her along slowly. The rewards of this should flow through, as she has a very solid foundation behind her and there should be more wins in store.”
“I bought this filly at the QTIS yearling sale, as she was a cracking type from a good family and by what I believe is a very good sire in Real Saga. We offered shares to our stable clients, some of who took the punt and are now being rewarded, so that is fantastic for them and we are greatfull of their support. It has always been my mantra to give young horses a very solid foundation and bring them along slowly. The boys (Chris and Dan) have followed this and by doing so we feel that the owners will have a competitive horse that should race for a long time.” Commented John Meagher