After their tight victory at Rosehill over the weekend Brilliant Terror could be a late entry into Saturday’s 2013 JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm in Brisbane with trainer Bjorn Baker considering the two-year-olds’ classic for his up-and-comer.
After running second on debut at Canterbury in mid-May guillotine gelding Brilliant Terror, an $8,000 bargain buy by Baker as a weanling, entered the winners stall on Saturday in a narrow win beating home Esotnian Princess by a mere short half-head in a 1350m open handicap in Sydney.
So impressed was Baker with the gutsy effort that the horse, who was ridden to perfection by Nathan Berry, is now a chance for a late entry into this weekend’s $500,000 Group 1 Patinack Farm J. J. Atkins (1600m).
Berry was full of praise for the winner post-race believing they could easily handle a class rise and a step up to a mile.
“He is a nice horse, he is progressing lovely,” he said said.
“I think getting him out in front, letting him roll having momentum which he didn’t have last start definitely helps.
“Bjorn is very good with his two-year-olds, they are fit and sharp when they get to the races. The horse still did a couple of things wrong but was still too good in the end.
“He will definitely run a mile because he relaxed so well through the middle stages, I never thought I was going to get beaten.”
Berry, who rode two winners at the Rosehill meet off a suspension on Saturday, also suggested Baker may want to add some blinkers to Brilliant Terror’s gear to help sharpen them up a little as the progress through their races.
“He wanted something to come with him because he is still quite immature,” Berry said.
“Maybe a set of winkers or blinkers might help him concentrate a bit.”
Currently there are just 17 juveniles entered for the Stradbroke Handicap Day feature so Brilliant Terror would be all but assured of a start if connections forked out the late entry fee.
If they opt not to go for the season’s last juvenile Group 1 then Brilliant Terror will be saved for another Rosehill race in two weeks’ time against easier company than the likes of the Gai Waterhouse-trained Romantic Touch and Chris Waller’s BRC Sires Produce winner Zoustar who are JJ Atkins-bound.
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