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Atticus Finch wins from pillar to post on Saturday (Picture: 4Racing).

Alec Laird has three entries in the Betway Summer Cup but believes his main hope is the Master Of My Fate gelding Atticus Finch.

The progressive Varsfontein Stud-bred four-year-old made it a hattrick of victories when winning a Pinnacle Stakes event over 1600m in eyecatching style at Turffontein Inside on Saturday.

He was drawn eleven and led from start to finish under Kaidan Brewer.

He was only carrying 50kg but there were some big names behind him and he looked to still have something in hand when crossing the line 2,25 lengths clear.

He beat a lot of other Summer Cup entries, including Union Square, Electric Gold, Litigation, Safe Passage Nebraas, Meridius, East Coast and former stablemate Billy Bowlegs.

He was raised six points to 107 for the run.

Laird said, “He and Star Coin will come into the Victory Moon with 51kg and the way I see it is if you can’t run a good race in the Victory Moon, you are wasting your time in the Summer Cup.”

The Victory Moon Stakes, to be run over 1800m at Turffontein Standside on November 4, is a merit rated band event with additional penalties for winners of Gr 1 and Gr 2 events and the lowest band, which has a benchmark of 51kg, is merit ratings of 108 and below.

Alec is favouring the R400,000 Victory Moon for Atticus Finch over the Gr 2 R1 million Allied Steelrode On A Mission Charity Mile on October 28, a handicap where he will need to rely on scratchings to make it into the final field.

He said a final decision will be made this week about which race Atticus Finch will tackle.

Atticus Finch shortened in to 15/1 for the Summer Cup with the sponsor after his impressive win on Saturday, which makes him the joint seventh favourite.

Alec was not jumping the gun though and cautioned, “We had a big advantage with the weight and we were kind of racing fit, whereas more than half that field had not run for a while. He is a light horse, he is not a heavy horse, so I’m not sure how much more there is to come. But he’s a grinder through, he should get the 2000m.”

Atticus Finch was bought at the BSA National yearling Sale. He didn’t make his reserve and Alec secured him for R150,000.

He is out of the unplaced Caesour mare Alexia, who is an own sister to Gr 2 winner Alexandra Rose as well as to Listed winner Alexa, and she a half-sister to two other Listed winners.

Alexia is the dam of Judpot mare Alessia, who is the dam of the current joint highest rated three-year-old in the country, Main Defender.

Atticus Finch is named after the lawyer hero in the famous Harper Lee-written American novel To Kill A Mockingbird. One of the characters in the book is Aunt Alexandra and the horse Atticus Finch’s grandam is Alexandra Bi.

To Kill A Mockingbird’s theme is about racial prejudice and the South African icon who fought against that prejudice, Nelson Mandela, has an association with Master Of My Fate in that it is a key phrase in the poem Invictus, which was his favourite morale boosting literary piece during his imprisonment on Robben Island.

So Atticus Finch is a cleverly named horse.

He is owned by Messrs L Clark, G A Basel, G C Cornwall & P J Gregory.