2014 J.J. Atkins Final Field and Barrier Draw

June 4th, 2014

A less-than capacity field of 11 two-year-olds have been confirmed for a tilt at the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm this weekend, however is still shaping as one of the day’s most exciting and well-contested events.

Looks Like The Cat has been included in the final field of the 2014 J.J. Atkins

Looks Like The Cat has been included in the final field of the 2014 J.J. Atkins. Photo: Daniel Costello

Strolling home to win the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) on My 10th, Brazen Beau arguably headlines the final field for the 2014 J.J. Atkins and will be particularly difficult to beat from barrier 4.

Claiming two wins and a second from just four competitive starts so far, the I Am Invincible colt strolled home to win the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1100m) on debut in February, and while unable to figure when blocked for a run in the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) on March 8th, burst into favouritism for this weekend’s major for two-year-olds when claiming the Champagne Classic and finishing second to fellow J.J. Atkins acceptor Time For War in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) last time out.

Arguably the biggest winner of all leading contenders for the 2014 J.J. Atkins crown at Wednesday’s barrier draw, Time For War will leave from the ideal inside gate and will be partnered by Tye Angland once more.

Debuting with an impressive performance over 1100 metres in October, Time For War has returned to the track in great touch in 2014; comfortably winning the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) first-up before running on to finish fourth in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on April 12th.

While unable to handle the late pace when tenth in the Champagne Classic, the Snitzel colt returned to J.J Atkins contention with an outstanding performance in the BRC Sires’ Produce when jumping as a rank $19 outsider.

Trainer John O’Shea is offered twice the chance of success in the 2014 J.J. Atkins, having accepted positions in the final field for exciting stable mates Mohave and Careless.

While only managing mid-pack finishes in the two Group 2 two-year-old races in Brisbane this season, Mohave is more than a legitimate chance of an upset this weekend, having finished second amongst classy company in the Listed Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate (1000m) on debut and won the Listed Blue Diamond C&G Preview (1000m) on January 25th.

Charged with overcoming the slightly wide and awkward barrier 8, the Exceed And Excel colt’s chances took a huge boost when confirmed to be partnered by talented jockey Hugh Bowman earlier this week.

Yet to break through for a maiden victory over five competitive starts, Careless has produced a particularly consistent racing career despite; finishing no-worse than fifth including a pair of unlucky seconds in the Alexandria Plate (1100m) and Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) most notably.

Allocated the unenviable task of overcoming the wide barrier 11, the son of Exceed And Excel will be partnered by regular jockey Kerrin McEvoy.

Leading the charge of the locals in the 2014 J.J. Atkins, Looks Like The Cat will leave from the central barrier 6 this weekend.

Debuting with an impressive turn of foot to win the XXXX Gold 2.y.o Handicap (1200m) on February 8th, the Husson colt has been consistent over the two Group 2 races during the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival; finishing second in the Champagne Classic and third in the BRC Sires’ Produce.

A member of in-form trainer Tony Gollan’s arsenal, Looks Like The Cat is a legitimate chance of success this weekend.

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2014 J.J. Atkins Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 15×12 BRAZEN BEAU Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 4 57kg
2 1×1401 TIME FOR WAR Gerald Ryan Tye Angland 1 57kg
3 119 PRESSING Mick Price Damien Oliver 3 57kg
4 2x106x56 MOHAVE John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 8 57kg
5 1×23 LOOKS LIKE THE CAT Tony Gollan Damian Browne 6 57kg
6 1×1 ALMALAD Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 9 57kg
7 2×4525 CARELESS John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 11 57kg
8 1188 FURBISH Allan Denham Jim Byrne 10 57kg
9 1125×70 STROAK Bryan Guy Michael Cahill 7 55kg
10 3436×720 SAGATONA Liam Birchley Glen Boss 5 55kg
11 97×8010 EMOTIONS IN MOTION Tony Bita Tegan Harrison (a) 2 55kg