Sacred Elixir Wins JJ Atkins 2016 – Results

June 11th, 2016

The well-supported Tony Pike-trained New Zealand raider Sacred Elixir got the job done for the punters at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Saturday winning the 2016 JJ Atkins in arrogant fashion.

Sacred Elixir

2016 JJ Atkins winner Sacred Elixir will make a nice Derby hope next season over more distance. Photo: Daniel Costello.

After winning his debut down under at the Sunshine Coast on May 11, the Pour Moi gelding from Cambridge in NZ was last seen running a close sixth in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) at Doomben a fortnight ago.

Having done his best work late in the BRC Sires’, Sacred Elixir was tipped to improve going up to the mile in the $600,000 Group 1 BMW J.J. Atkins (1600m) on Stradbroke Handicap Day.

And improve the promising two-year-old did, racing away to beat home two triple-figure roughies for a nearly four length victory in the JJ Atkins.

Jockey Zac Purton stayed aboard Sacred Elixir for the Group 1, the Kiwi-trained winner the first JJ Atkins favourite to win since Romantic Touch (2013).

After coming from back in the field to hit the front on the straight with 150m left to travel, on the line Sacred Elixir ($6) had a dominant margin to spare over the Stuart Kendrick-trained colt from the Sunshine Coast Charnley River ($126) who is a son of the 2000 JJ Atkins winner Show A Heart.

Rounding out the lucrative JJ Atkins trifecta this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival was the Liam Birchley-trained local Falvelon filly Heart Skipt A Beat ($126) who came off a Sunshine Coast win from May 22 and was impressive having been the widest runner around the bend in her maiden Black-Type assignment.

The JJ Atkins winner Sacred Elixir now shapes up as a promising Derby hope next season as a three-year-old including a possible shot at Melbourne’s Group 1 VRC Derby (2500m) in the spring.

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2016 JJ Atkins Finishing Order

Eagle Farm Racecourse (Race 7) – Saturday June 11, 2016

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 9 SACRED ELIXIR (NZ) Tony Pike Zac Purton 11 57kg $5F
2 13 CHARNLEY RIVER Stuart Kendrick Kerrin McEvoy 3.5L 17 57kg $51
3 17 HEART SKIPT A BEAT Liam Birchley Jeff Lloyd 4.8L 12 55kg $101
4 3 SOUCHEZ John O’Shea James McDonald 6.6L 8 57kg $5.50
5 6 DREAMS APLENTY John Zielke Bobby El-Issa 6.7L 16 57kg $15
6 5 OINK Kelly Schweida Glen Colless 6.9L 10 57kg $61
7 11 REDOUBLE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Christian Reith 8.2L 14 57kg $19
8 16 CANDIKA Steven O’dea Paul Hammersley 9L 7 55kg $7.50
9 15 MEET AND GREET John & Chris Meagher James Orman (a) 10L 18 57kg $151
10 2 ATTENTION Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 11L 2 57kg $6.50
11 1 NIKITAS Kelso Wood Michael Cahill 16.8L 5 57kg $10
12 7 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Liam Birchley Damian Browne 18.1L 3 57kg $31
13 10 PUNISHING Liam Birchley Dwayne Dunn 21.1L 9 57kg $151
14 14 VASILIEV Gai Waterhouse Adam Hyeronimus 22.6L 1 57kg $31
15 18 OUR CINDERELLA Kristie Clark-Peoples Jim Byrne 23.4L 15 55kg $101
16 8 JAWS OF STEEL Robbie Laing Brad Rawiller 33.4L 4 57kg $10
17 4 BARBASS Cameron Crockett Damien Oliver 36.2L 13 57kg $31
18 12 CADOGAN Bjorn Baker Hugh Bowman 42.7L 6 57kg $9.50
20e ROYAL ATOM Darryl Hansen 0
19e ZENDAYE Desleigh Forster Ryan Wiggins 0