Press Statement wins 2015 JJ Atkins

June 6th, 2015

Press Statement was far too strong for his rivals in the 2015 Group 1 JJ Atkins at Doomben, winning from Sagaronne and Look To The Stars.

Press Statement wins the 2015 Group 1 JJ Atkins at Doomben

Press Statement wins the 2015 Group 1 JJ Atkins at Doomben. Photo by Daniel Costello

In the first of three Group 1 races on Stradbroke Handicap Day, Press Statement jumped from barrier 10 in the 12 horse field and was third favourite in betting at $6.50 behind Basset ($4.80) and Blueberry Hill ($5).

Jockey Tye Angland gave Press Statement a great run and was very happy to ride a Group 1 winner for trainer Chris Waller on Queensland’s feature race day.

“It definitely means a lot to get a nice Group 1 winner for Chris, that’s for sure,” Angland said after the race.

“He’s been a big supporter of mine since I came back from Hong Kong.

“This bloke’s always given me a feel of an above average horse and he surprised me when he went so well first-up because I though his best distance would be a mile, and he’s proven that today.

“He’s a superstar, that’s for sure.”

Chris Waller was also full of praise for Press Statement.

“Obviously he only won last Saturday and to get on a truck, come up here and race in Group 1 company, he’s a pretty special horse,” Waller said.

Today’s win also keeps Press Statement’s unbeaten record intact having now won all three of his race starts and gives the 2-year-old colt his maiden black-type victory.

2015 JJ Atkins Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 2 PRESS STATEMENT Chris Waller Tye Angland 10 57kg $6.50
2 11 SAGARONNE Toby Edmonds Blake Shinn 0.8L 11 55kg $14
3 9 LOOK TO THE STARS Clarry Conners Luke Tarrant (a) 2.1L 4 55kg $9
4 4 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) Desleigh Forster Robbie Fradd 2.2L 12 57kg $18
5 3 BASSETT (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 2.4L 2 57kg $4.40F
6 8 BLUEBERRY HILL Liam Birchley Larry Cassidy 4.2L 8 55kg $5
7 1 COUNTERATTACK Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 4.5L 5 57kg $7.50
8 12 ASHLEE MARIE Richard Laming Michael Rodd 6.3L 6 55kg $31
9 5 FEAST FOR EYES Chris Waller Zac Purton 7.1L 1 57kg $7.50
10 10 TYPING Stuart Kendrick Jim Byrne 7.6L 9 55kg $21
11 7 PEPPERANO Liam Birchley Damian Browne 12.1L 7 55kg $31
12 6 AGREE TO Bevan Laming Michael Cahill 13.4L 3 57kg $101