Time For War Demands J.J. Atkins Berth

June 3rd, 2014

A standout performer in two-year-old events over the 2014 Autumn Racing Carnival, Time For War will be aiming to secure a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing when lining up for the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm Racecourse this weekend.

Time For War is in peak condition ahead of the 2014 J.J. Atkins

Time For War is in peak condition ahead of the 2014 J.J. Atkins. Photo: Steve Hart

Unable to handle the late pace when finishing a disappointing tenth in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) in his debut appearance north of the border on May 10th, Time For War stormed back into leading contention for this weekend’s two-year-old feature race when comfortably claiming the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) last time out.

Initially unsure if he would accept a position in the final field of the J.J Atkins for the Snitzel colt, trainer Gerald Ryan said the form and class displayed in the Sires’ Produce ultimately made the decision for entry.

“We will give him a try at the 1600 metres,” Ryan told AAP.

“It might be too soon for him, but he has done well since the Sires’ so he goes to the Group 1.”

Strolling home to beat resounding pre-post favourite Brazen Beau to the line by a comfortably half-length, stable representative Sterling Alexiou echoed Ryan’s sentiments that despite producing a memorable career beginning through a strong victory in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) and fourth in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) in Sydney, Time For War’s BRC Sires’ Produce performance alone warranted a tilt at the 2014 J.J. Atkins.

“He jumped to the lead and he ran up to what he was showing coming into the Slipper. He won the Pago Pago and ran fourth in the Sires,” Alexious said.

“It was just about him doing the right thing. He has been a bit Jekyll and Hyde lately but what he has shown us at home he has got good ability, it is just a matter of coming to race day and bringing it with him.”

Displaying a keen turn of foot to overcome a talented field in the CFMEU Mining & Energy Plate (1100m) first-up on November 2nd, Time For War returned to the track in great touch throughout autumn in claiming the Pago Pago Stakes and overcoming poor running position for fourth in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes prior to his trip north to contest events over the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

So-far un-trialled at 1600 metres competitively, Time For War is currently offered at generous odds of $9 for success at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Strolling home to win the Champagne Classic, Brazen Beau is currently featured as sole occupant on the top line of betting at $2.20 odds, ahead of Almalad ($4.50), Looks Like The Cat ($7) and Pressing ($8).