2014 J.J. Atkins Betting Update

June 5th, 2014

A talented field of eleven two-year-olds have been nominated for an appearance in the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse this weekend, offering punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.

Brazen Beau is outright favourite to claim the 2014 J.J. Atkins crown

Brazen Beau is outright favourite to claim the 2014 J.J. Atkins crown. Photo: Daniel Costello

Strolling home to win the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) on May 10th, Brazen Beau has opened as and maintained clear favouritism in betting markets for success in the 2014 J.J. Atkins, currently offered at a quote of $2.05.

Debuting with an impressive turn of foot to claim the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1100m) by nearly five lengths on February 5th, the I Am Invincible colt was unlucky to be blocked for a run in the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) on March 5th, but more than stamped his claims as a leading contender for this weekend’s Group 1 with his win in the Champagne Classic and fighting second in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) last time out.

Allocated the ideal barrier 4, Brazen Beau has been confirmed to be partnered by regular jockey Nash Rawiller and still offers punters good value at short odds.

Claiming two race wins from as many starts so far, Almalad is currently featured as sole occupant of the second line of betting for success in the 2014 J.J. Atkins at a quote of $4.60.

While yet to contest an event at Group or Listed level, the Al Maher gelding has well and truly earned his place in the J.J. Atkins final field by easily taking care of a talented field in the TAB Early Quaddie Plate (1200m) on May 24th.

Charged with having to overcome the slightly wide and awkward barrier 9, Almalad has been confirmed to be partnered by talented jockey Tommy Berry and is more than a chance of causing an upset this weekend.

While unable to figure in his maiden appearance north of the border when ninth in the BRC Sires’ Produce last time out, trainer Mick Price is confident of a far-greater performance at Eagle Farm this weekend after fitting exciting prospect Pressing with blinkers while working over the last fortnight.

Poking clear to comfortably win the Mindy Green 2.y.o Plate (1200m) on April 12th, Pressing laid his claims as one to watch throughout the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival on May third when strolling home to win the Listed Sky High Mt Dandenong Stakes (1200m) by four lengths.

Arguably offering punters the best value for money of any runner confirmed to line up for the 2014 J.J. Atkins, Pressing is currently offered at generous $8.50 odds, and will be partnered by champion jockey Damien Oliver from barrier 3.

So-far receiving the greatest market share of bets in the first 24 hours of J.J. Atkins wagering, exciting local Looks Like The Cat has cut in form a quote of $12 to currently feature at odds of $9 and register as clear market mover.

Strolling home to win the XXXX Gold 2.y.o Handicap (1200m) on debut in February, the Husson colt has been one of the most consistent performers over the 2014 Brisbane Racing Carnival; displaying keen ability from anywhere on the race track to finish second in the Champagne Classic and third in the BRC Sires’ Produce.

Likely to receive the run of the race from the central barrier 6, Looks Like The Cat is more than capable of breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing in the 2014 J.J. Atkins.

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