A standout performer for the Warwick Farm trainer over the Spring Carnival, David Pfieffer has revealed Atmospherical will return to racing in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on February 14th.
Finishing outside the places only a handful of times through her ten start career so far, Atmospherical has not been seen at the races since taking out the Listed Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes (1000m) in impressive fashion on Crown Oaks Day.
Having reportedly taken well to her time in the paddock and subsequent return to work, Atmospherical completed and impressive barrier trial this week and will progress to the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) a fortnight after the 2015 Rubiton Stakes.
“It was very impressive the way that she performed yesterday in a strong heat,” Pfieffer said.
“I know that it was only a barrier trial, but she has come along well for me and her two barrier trials this preparation have been good.
“It was good to see, she is a mare that seems to be coming of age and she is only still lightly-raced.
“I am quietly confident and we are getting ready to head to Melbourne.
“She races in the 14th at Caulfield in the Rubiton and I’m hoping we get the right performance there and we are looking to the Oakleigh Plate two weeks later.
“She has recovered well from her trial, she is very forward and it is just the final touches now to get her ready for her first-up run.
“It will either be Hugh Bowman or Craig Williams (to ride in the Rubiton Stakes).”
Claiming a total of six race wins and two minors from her ten starts, Atmospherical was unlucky to be blocked for a run and sixth in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) first-up on September 6th, but responded well in finishing third amongst classy competition in a Randwick 1200m sprint two weeks later.
Placing third in a minor over 1200m on October 11th, the Northern Meteor mare returned to the winner’s circle in the Canterbury League Club 3.y.o + (1100m) in what was her only other start prior to the Earl Grey Stakes.
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