Capacity field Confirmed for 2016 JJ Atkins

June 8th, 2016

A talented and capacity field of eighteen plus two emergencies has been confirmed for Saturday’s 2016 Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Brisbane Winter Carnival’s most exciting runners.

Souchez has been confirmed in the 2016 JJ Atkins final field. Photo: Steve Hart

Souchez has been confirmed in the 2016 JJ Atkins final field. Photo: Steve Hart

Kiwi raider Sacred Elixir has found excellent form this time, but will undoubtedly require luck in running in the 2016 JJ Atkins after drawing the somewhat wide and awkward barrier 13.

Running second in the Timeout Maiden (1200m) before posting a maiden race win in the Countdown To Karaka Millions Plate (1200m) upon debuting in summer, Sacred Elixir returned to the paddock after placing a credible sixth in the Listed Karaka Millions (1200m) at Ellerslie on January 24th.

Trialling well in the lead-up to his Australian debut, the Pour Moi gelding charged home to win the Bundaberg Rum Handicap (1400m) first-up on May 11th before running on for sixth in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1250m) at Doomben a fortnight ago.

Hong Kong-based hoop Zac Purton will take the ride on Sacred Elixir, who appears as though he will relish a step-up to 1600m in the JJ Atkins and the big Eagle Farm track.

Attention will carry winning form into the JJ Atkins after taking out the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes, and is positioned ideally to continue his good form in barrier 2; particularly with Blake Shinn in the saddle.

Returning to racing in autumn for seventh in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) on March 12th, the Stratum colt broke through for a maiden win in the Group 3 The Schweppervescence (1400m) before failing to fire in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on Day 1 of The Championships.

Electing to pull up stumps with the two-year-old, trainers Peter and Paul Snowden have already been rewarded for the decision as Attention has finished second in the Group 2 Champagne Classic and won the BRC Sires’ Produce since arriving in Brisbane.

Godolphin are offered a live chance of success in the JJ Atkins with Souchez, who will leave from barrier 9 with James McDonald aboard.

Debuting to racing for success in a Rosehill minor over 1100m in December, Souchez returned to this for third in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) before taking out the Pago Pago Stakes in style.

Arriving in Brisbane for third in the Champagne Classic, the Lonhro colt ran fifth in the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes last start, but hit the line well after a slow start.

Leading local contenders Nikitas (barrier 5), Oink (barrier 11) and Dreams Aplenty (barrier 18) have all been confirmed in the 2016 JJ Atkins field.

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2016 JJ Atkins Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 132×83 NIKITAS Kelso Wood Michael Cahill 5 57kg
2 2×71021 ATTENTION Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 2 57kg
3 1x31x35 SOUCHEZ John O’Shea James McDonald 9 57kg
4 723×212 BARBASS Cameron Crockett Damien Oliver 15 57kg
5 21320 OINK Kelly Schweida Glen Colless 11 57kg
6 1242 DREAMS APLENTY John Zielke Bobby El-Issa 18 57kg
7 9×2197 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Liam Birchley Damian Browne 3 57kg
8 4173 JAWS OF STEEL Robbie Laing Brad Rawiller 4 57kg
9 216×16 SACRED ELIXIR (NZ) Tony Pike Zac Purton 13 57kg
10 31860×88 PUNISHING Liam Birchley 10 57kg
11 13 REDOUBLE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Christian Reith 16 57kg
12 5319 CADOGAN Bjorn Baker Hugh Bowman 6 57kg
13 2×442 CHARNLEY RIVER Stuart Kendrick 19 57kg
14 31 VASILIEV Gai Waterhouse Adam Hyeronimus 1 57kg
15 4138 MEET AND GREET John & Chris Meagher James Orman (a) 20 57kg
16 113×364 CANDIKA Steven O’dea Paul Hammersley 8 55kg
17 23266×21 HEART SKIPT A BEAT Liam Birchley 14 55kg
18 3248×4 OUR CINDERELLA Kristie Clark-Peoples 17 55kg
19e 4×610 ZENDAYE Desleigh Forster Ryan Wiggins 12 57kg
20e 45 ROYAL ATOM Darryl Hansen 7 57kg