Moody Confident in 2015 JJ Atkins Chances of Bassett

June 3rd, 2015

While yet to contest a black type event, trainer Peter Moody is confident classy two-year-old Bassett is capable of a competitive performance and even success in Saturday’s Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Doomben Racecourse.

Peter Moody is thrilled with Bassett ahead of the 2015 JJ Atkins. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Peter Moody is thrilled with Bassett ahead of the 2015 JJ Atkins. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Having debuted to racing in the Listen, Learn, Speak Handicap (1100m) at Caulfield on May 16th, Bassett jumped from the gates well and settled in prime position on the heels of the race’s early leaders, receiving an ideal run in transit.

Offered a clear racing line upon rounding onto the final straight, the son of Savabeel quickly wound up and charged forward, comfortably pulling clear of the field of 12 and hitting the line close to two lengths in the clear of closest rival Kinglike.

Having savaged the line on that occasion and clearly looking for more distance, Moody has been thrilled with the work produced by Bassett over recent weeks and is confident the conditions of the 2015 JJ Atkins will play directly into his strengths.

“This race has always been on the radar. That’s why we nominated him for it,” Moody told The Courier Mail.

“The trick was trying to work out the right preparation to get him there.

“The temptation was to have his first start in the Sires’ at 1350m but there was going to be the chance he wouldn’t make the field so we opted to kick him off at home.

“I think three weeks to a mile is achievable. Two-year-olds are a lot more athletic than older horses and they can adapt better.

“If anything, my concern is that he’s a bit bold. I’ve been working hard since that run getting him to relax.

“I must say that since he arrived in Brisbane, he settled in like a seasoned traveller.

“Provided he pleases me with his gallop I will be paying up for him.”

Confirmed amongst a list of just 12 in the 2015 JJ Atkins final field, Bassett has been confirmed to be partnered by Luke Nolan and will leave from the ideal barrier 2.

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2015 JJ Atkins odds, for which Bassett currently figures as outright second-favourite at a generous quote of $7.50.