Romantic Touch Wins 2013 JJ Atkins – Results

June 8th, 2013

Progressive Northern Meteor gelding Romantic Touch broke Gai Waterhouse’s six-year Group 1 winning drought in Brisbane on Stradbroke Handicap Day this year taking out the JJ Atkins 2013in an impressive all-the-way win.

Romantic Touch

Romantic Touch was the impressive winner of the 2013 JJ Atkins on Stradbroke Handicap Day. Photo: Steve Hart.

The exciting two-year-old showed off at a Canterbury mid-week on May 22 to win a 1550m handicap by seven and a half lengths, an effort that saw them jump favourite in the $500,000 Group 1 Patinack Farm JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m).

After a brilliant front running performance the Nash Rawiller-ridden gelding saluted for the punters too taking out the JJ Atkins over a fast finishing Zoustar from the Chris Waller stables with the Peter Snowden-trained Paximadia a luckless third having over raced with blinkers on for the first time.

The 2013 JJ Atkins win was Waterhouse’s first elite level victory during a Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival since the 2007 BTC Cup victory by Bentley Biscuit and proved she has an eye for a champion two-year-old.

“She’s always held the horse in very high regard,” Waterhouse’s stable rep Bruce Slade said after the win.

“It’s such a special win after the month Gai’s had.

“A Group 1 two-year-old race, she’s the Queen of Racing and the best two-year-old trainer in the world.”

Romantic Touch will now be sent out for a well-earned break having shown a few signs of being over their prep but still brave enough to run the mile for the first time and take out the Group 1 classic.

“He was a bit playful in the gates…a few signs he’s probably had enough (this preparation) so to come out and do what he’s done a good effort,” Rawiller said.

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2013 J.J. Atkins Results & Finishing Order

Eagle Farm Race 6 – 08/06/2013

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 7 ROMANTIC TOUCH Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 2 57kg $2.35F
2 1 ZOUSTAR Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 0.5L 5 57kg $4
3 8 PAXIMADIA Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 0.6L 6 57kg $8
4 3 VILANOVA (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2.1L 9 57kg $6.50
5 10 GLOBAL DREAM Tony Gollan Michael Rodd 2.5L 4 55kg $18
6 4 OCTANE FLYER Kelly Schweida Timothy Bell 2.7L 12 57kg $91
7 2 SIR MOMENTS Steven O’dea Michael Cahill 2.9L 3 57kg $8
8 5 HOOKED John P Thompson Ryan Wiggins 3.3L 8 57kg $14
9 12 SHE’S AMAZING Toby Edmonds Chris Munce 5.1L 11 55kg $101
10 11 NAVELINA Darren Bell Eddie Wilkinson 6.4L 7 55kg $41
11 13 LOCOMOTION Liam Birchley Larry Cassidy 6.5L 1 55kg $101
12 9 CHOSEN IDOL Paul Messara Luke Nolen 6.7L 10 57kg $81
13 6 DOWDSTOWN CHARLIE David Payne Christian Reith 6.9L 13 57kg $21