Almalad Confirmed for 2014 J.J. Atkins

May 27th, 2014

Trainer Gai Waterhouse has confirmed exciting two-year-old prospect Almalad will travel to Brisbane to contest the major Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) on June 7th after an impressive win first-up last weekend.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse has confirmed Almalad for an appearance in the 2014 J.J. Atkins

Trainer Gai Waterhouse has confirmed Almalad for an appearance in the 2014 J.J. Atkins. Photo: Steve Hart

Understandably impressed with the form shown by the Al Maher gelding in claiming two strong wins from as many starts so far, Waterhouse said she is confident in securing a second J.J. Atkins title in successive years, having saddled Romantic Touch to victory in 2013.

“This horse showed great ability when he won at Gosford six months ago. I am heading him to the JJ Atkins so he had to start today to get up there in two weeks’ time,” said Waterhouse.

“He just put a couple of lengths on them in a twinkle.”

Yet to contest an event greater than 1200 metres competitively, Waterhouse said Almalad should take the step up to the J.J. Atkins’ 1600 metres in his stride.

“It won’t worry him” Waterhouse said.

“He is a very, very exciting horse.”

Having secured the trifecta via talented runners Sports Edition and Ravenwitch in Almalad’s most recent display, Waterhouse said she is confident her talented crop of two-year-old will perform to a high standard over remaining events in the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

“These horses will win some lovely races at the back part of the carnival in Queensland and then they will get ready for the spring, they are all very exciting,” Waterhouse added.

Debuting with an impressive turn of foot to claim the Nuturf Plate Maiden (1000m) on December 27th, Almalad returned to racing in impressive form last time out, strolling home to beat his stable mates by nearly four lengths in the TAB Early Quaddie Plate (1200m) at Royal Randwick.

While yet to contest an event against any of his fellow J.J. Atkins nominees, Almalad is currently sole occupant of the second line of betting for success on June 7th, offered at generous odds of $6.

Strolling home to win the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse on May 10th, Brazen Beau has opened as and maintained status at outright favourite for success in the J.J. Atkins; currently offered at $2.30 odds.

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