2014 J.J. Atkins Betting Preview and Tips

June 6th, 2014

Just 11 two-year-olds have been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse; offering punters several key opportunities to place a winning wager and outstanding value from a betting point of view.

Looks Like The Cat is a leading chance for success in the 2014 J.J. Atkins

Looks Like The Cat is a leading chance for success in the 2014 J.J. Atkins. Photo: Daniel Costello

Stamping his claims as one to watch in the J.J Atkins with two impressive performances most recently, Brazen Beau has opened as and maintained clear favouritism for success this weekend, currently offered at a quote of $2.10, ahead of Almalad ($4.60), Pressing ($8.40), Time For War and Looks Like The Cat; currently sharing the fourth line of betting at generous $9 odds.

Can Brazen Beau justify his resounding favouritism and win the 2014 J.J. Atkins, or will one of his talented rivals break-through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing?

1st

Looks Like The Cat ($9)

Yet to finish outside the places over three competitive appearances this time in, Looks Like The Cat debuted with an impressive two length victory over classy company in the XXXX Gold 2.y.o Handicap (1200m) on February 8th, and has since been one of the most consistent two-year-olds currently in work; finishing second in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) and third in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) last time out. A member of in-form local trainer Tony Gollan’s arsenal of performers, the Husson colt has so-far received the greatest market share of wagers from punters, who jumped all over an opening quote of $12 to currently rank Looks Like The Cat as clear market mover. Allocated the central barrier 6, Looks Like the Cat is more than capable of a maiden victory at Group level this weekend.

2nd

Brazen Beau ($2.10)

Arguably the standout two-year-old of the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival so-far, Brazen Beau is a leading chance to figure in contention once again this weekend, particularly after drawing the ideal barrier 4. Debuting with an impressive victory in the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1100m) on February 5th, the I Am Invincible colt was unlucky to finish fifth when blocked for a run in the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) on March 8th, but returned to devastating form when strolling home to win the Champagne Classic on May 10th. Running on to claim second in the BRC Sires Produce last time out, Brazen Beau will be partnered by leading jockey Nash Rawiller once more this weekend, and is more than worth a bet for the J.J. Atkins.

3rd

Pressing ($8.50)

While unable to figure in his maiden tilt north of the border last time out, Pressing arguably offers punters the best value for money at current $8.50 odds for success, or $2.45 to run a place in the 2014 J.J. Atkins. Debuting with a strong performance for first in the Mindy Green 2.y.o Plate (1200m) on April 12th, the Sebring colt more than stamped his claims as one to watch in Brisbane with a near-four length victory in the Listed Sky High Mt Dandenong Stakes (1200m) on May 3rd. Allocated the ideal barrier 3, Pressing will be offered every chance of returning to the winner’s circle by champion jockey Damien Oliver.

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