Atom Eve Ready For Hawkesbury TAB Highway Plate

Canberra-trained gallopers have a strong hand in Saturday’s TAB Highway Plate at Hawkesbury.

In contrast to the large fields that feature in most Highway races, just eight runners have accepted for Saturday’s 1100m contest.

Canberra-trained Atom Eve is currently the market favourite with TAB fixed odds at $1.90.

Trainer Norm Gardner says he couldn’t be happier with Atom Eve. He says she has come back extra well.

“She has furnished into a lovely filly now. She used to be fairly laid-back, but she has come back with a more switched-on attitude and I’m really, really pleased with her.”

At her last run Atom Eve impressed winning a TAB Highwayat Randwickin January.

In terms of the future, Gardner says if she wins at Hawkesbury he may look at the Listed 2016 Denise’s Joy Stakes at Sconeon 14 May for Atom Eve.

“It’s a possibility, but at this stage we want to get over this one first — and she’d need to go pretty well on Saturday.

“A mid-week city filly’s race is obviously another option.”

Atom Eve will be floated to Hawkesbury with another leading Highway Plate contender — the Keith Dryden-trained Bid Of Faith who also resumes.

Bid Of Faith is currently posted at $8.0 with TAB fixed odds and comes off a placing behind Star Shaft in a TAB Highwayat Randwick in December.

Gardner believes Bid Of Faith and the Robert Price-trained Nobel Joey pose the dangers to Atom Eve.