Ryan Yet to Confirm Time For War for 2014 J.J. Atkins

May 26th, 2014

Despite producing an impressive run to stroll home and win the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse last weekend, trainer Gerald Ryan is yet to decide whether or not Time For War will contest the major Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 7th.

Trainer Gerald Ryan is yet to confirm if Time For War will contest the 2014 J.J. Atkins

Trainer Gerald Ryan is yet to confirm if Time For War will contest the 2014 J.J. Atkins. Photo: Daniel Costello

Unable to match the late pace when tenth in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) on May 10th, Time For War was given little chance of success last weekend when jumping at odds of nearly $20, but displayed an impressive turn of foot to finish nearly a length in the clear of resounding favourite Brazen Beau.

A leading contender for several major Group 1 races for two-year-olds throughout the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, Ryan told AAP he will discuss all options with connections this week before making a final decision on Time For War’s confirmed path.

“I will discuss it with the owners this week but I think 1600 metres might be too far and could flatten him” Ryan said.

“The option is to send him for a spell now and get him ready for the Golden Rose in spring.”

Claiming an impressive three wins from only five competitive appearances so far, Time For War quickly laid his claims as one to watch over major two-year-old events throughout 2014 when comfortably beating home classy competition in the CFMEU Mining & Energy Plate (1100m) on debut in November.

Returning to racing in similarly impressive form this year, the Snitzel colt claimed the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) first-up on March 29th before running on to claim a fighting fourth in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1200m) on April 12th, prior to his trip north of the border.

Following his impressive triumph in the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes, Time For War is currently offered as sole occupant of the fourth line of betting in early markets for the Group 1 J.J. Atkins at a generous quote of $9.

Running on to finish second to Time For War last weekend, Brazen Beau has maintained status as outright favourite to claim a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing, currently offered at odds of $2.25, ahead of Almalad ($6.50) and Looks Like The Cat ($7).

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best early odds on all major races remaining in the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, including the Group 1 J.J. Atkins!

Sign up for the all-new Ladbrokes Card to take advantage of your winnings just seconds after your pick has passed the post!