Early 2015 J.J. Atkins Betting Update

May 19th, 2015

Won by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Almalad in 2014, the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) has attracted a talented list of nominees this year and is already figuring as a particularly interesting race from a betting perspective.

Blueberry Hill offers exceptional value for money in early 2015 J.J. Atkins betting markets. Photo: Daniel Costello

Blueberry Hill offers exceptional value for money in early 2015 J.J. Atkins betting markets. Photo: Daniel Costello

Waterhouse is set to saddle another leading contender in this year’s edition of the J.J. Atkins, with talented filly Sempre Libera currently topping early betting markets at a quote of $7.50 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.

Posting one win and one minor through just four career starts so far, Sempre Libera ran a close second in her competitive debut over 1100m at Warwick Farm on March 19th; progressing to an impressive win in the McGrath Estate Agents Plate (1200m) on April 1st.

Having since finished a credible fourth in the Group 3 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) and fifth in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m), the daughter of Medaglia D’Oro appears to be searching for the extra running distance and looks likely to be tough to beat over a mile in the 2015 J.J. Atkins.

The Richard Laming-trained Payroll is yet to contest a race in Brisbane but remains outright second-favourite in 2015 J.J. Atkins betting markets at a quote of $9.50 after contesting an impressive career start this season.

Debuting for success despite an awkward jump in a Sale Maiden over 1200m on March 11th, the Not A Single Doubt filly was unlucky to be blocked for a run late but still managed a credible fifth in the Group 3 Campolina Stud Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) a fortnight later.

Having run an agonizingly-close second to Black Vanquish in the Listed Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200m) at Caulfield on May 2nd, Payroll interestingly figures as the only other runner currently available at a single-figure quote in J.J. Atkins betting markets.

Trainer Chris Waller has unearthed two impressive two-year-olds in Zoustar and Brazen Beau over recent J.J. Atkins campaigns and looks to be offered a third great chance in Counterattack, who currently figures on the third line of betting at generous $10 odds for success.

Counterattack has finished outside the first three only once in five career starts and appears to be peaking for the 2015 J.J. Atkins at the right time, having charged home late for a credible fourth in the Group 2 Champagne Classic a fortnight ago.

Classy local Blueberry Hill has found scintillating black type form this time and arguably offers punters the best value for money in early 2015 JJ Atkins betting markets at current $11 odds as a result.

Saturday’s Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) at Doomben figures as the final point of call in the tradition path to the J.J. Atkins, and is sure to finalise market order for the Group 1 race for two-year-olds.

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