82 JJ Atkins Stakes 2014 Nominations Taken

All the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival feature race nominations are now out including those for the state’s feature race for juveniles 2014 JJ Atkins.

Zuzuland

Group 1 performer Zuzuland is one of the headline 2014 JJ Atkins nominees for this winter. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Held on Stradbroke Handicap Day at Eagle Farm Racecourse on June 7, this year’s $500,000 Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) attracted 82 two-year-olds at nomination stage.

Last season Sydney’s Gai Waterhouse broke a six-year-old Group 1 Brisbane drought to take out the JJ Atkins with her Northern Meteor gelding Romantic Touch, and she’s back this year with a bumper 14 early entries.

Among the Waterhouse contingent are the likes of Al Maher gelding Almalad who won their debut at Gosford in December, More Than Ready colt Sun Force who has had two runs including a last start second in February and unraced Flying Spur colt Skylimit.

One of the best performed JJ Atkins nominee at this stage is Gold Coast galloper Aimee for Noel Doyle.

The Exceedingly Good filly has had five starts for a trio of wins having saluted at Doomben, Eagle Farm and most recently the Gold Coast over 1110m to 1300m.

There are also a few JJ Atkins hopes this year that are already Group 1 performed include the David Hayes-trained Sydney galloper Zululand.

From their six starts to date the Fastnet Rock colt already boasts a Group 2 win and Group 1 minor placing making them a top chance for a big winter run.

On the back of a ninth to Earthquake in this year’s Blue Diamond Stakes they went to Flemington over 1400m and scored a solid victory in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.

From there two more Group 1 followed, a fifth to Peggy Jean in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and then up over a mile for their brave second behind Go Indy Go in the Champagne Stakes last weekend.

Hayes has also nominated for seven other youngsters including fellow Fastnet Rock colt Randarock who debuted at Caulfield on April 19 and a son of Encosta De Lago Red Sun Rising who has had two provincial starts so far.

Another two-year-old that ran well in this year’s ATC Sires Produce in the wet who has the JJ Atkins in their sights is the Gerald Ryan-trained Time For War.

The Snitzel colt won two from two including their Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill in March before their fourth in the Group 1 from April 12.

Ryan has three other JJ Atkins entries with Aesop, Brazen Moss and Raise A Red.

As for other local Queensland hopes one of the top chances looks to be Bryan Guy’s Gold Coast runner Stroak, the Real Saga filly with form around some good horses.

She won her opening two at Doomben and then went up to Group 3 company when second to Unencumbered in the BJ McLachlan in December.

At her latest start she raced in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic this time running fifth to BJ McLachlan winner Unencumbered who posted another feature win.

The other chances for Guy are previous Doomben winning Denman filly Grapevine and Castanita.

Other notable JJ Atkins nominations taken this season include BJ McLachlan third placegetter Sagatona, the Gary Portelli-trained More Than Ready gelding Next Level and the Darley-owned Exceed And Excel colt Mohave.

Trained by John O’Shea, Mohave has had four runs to date including a Listed Blue Diamond Preview win in January and a sixth in the Blue Diamond Stakes back in February.

The complete JJ Atkins 2014 nominations are listed below, late nominations closing on Friday.

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2014 JJ Atkins Nominations

Eagle Farm Racecourse – 07/06/2014

# Horse Trainer
1 AESOP Gerald Ryan
2 AIMEE Noel J Doyle
3 ALMALAD Gai Waterhouse
4 ALPEN ROSE (NZ) John W Ramsey
5 ANOTHER AL Gai Waterhouse
6 ARCTOWSKI David Hayes
7 BASSILLIQUE Toby Edmonds
8 BOUDIN BLANC Barry Lockwood
9 BRAZEN BEAU Chris Waller
10 BRAZEN MOSS Gerald Ryan
11 BROOKTON ICE Barry Lockwood
12 BY GEORGE Anthony Cummings
13 CANONGATE Brian Smith
14 CARELESS John O’Shea
15 CASTANITA Bryan Guy
16 COUNTRY WARRIOR Chris Waller
17 DIVINE SERVICE Jason McLachlan
18 DUKE OF BRUNSWICK Mick Price
19 DUTY FIRST Chris Waller
20 ELJETEM Bruce W Hill
21 EMOTIONS IN MOTION Tony Bita
22 EXALTED WARRIOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
23 GLOBAL DOMINATION Gai Waterhouse
24 GRAPEVINE Bryan Guy
25 HARIIR Gai Waterhouse
26 HEAVY Ciaron Maher
27 HIGHWARD Chris Waller
28 HIMPAPAWID Gai Waterhouse
29 HOLLYWOOD BARBIE Matthew Dunn
30 HULA GIRL Paddy Cunningham
31 IDYLLIC SCENERY Chris Waller
32 IMPORTANT Gai Waterhouse
33 JURISDICTION Gai Waterhouse
34 KALABEK Brent Stanley
35 LA SPIAGGIA Bjorn Baker
36 LEAD HUSSON Harold Hayes
37 LOOKS LIKE THE CAT Tony Gollan
38 LORD BARRINGTON (NZ) Michael Moroney
39 MANHATTAN AVENUE Mick Price
40 MATAALEB David Hayes
41 MEURSAULT Peter Snowden
42 MISS BELLA ROSA Marcus Wilson
43 MOHAVE John O’Shea
44 MORE THAN FRANK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
45 MR LEBROCK Bjorn Baker
46 MUMBAI ROCK Gai Waterhouse
47 NEXT LEVEL Gary Portelli
48 ONEMORE FOR NAARA John P Thompson
49 OUR CATCH Gai Waterhouse
50 OUR ROCK O’REILLY Pat Duff
51 PINCH RIVER Robert Heathcote
52 PLATINUM GRAY Toby Edmonds
53 POWER DE TED Helen Page
54 PRECIA Gai Waterhouse
55 PRESSING Mick Price
56 PRINCESS COMMAND Marc Conners
57 PUNTA NORTE Robert Heathcote
58 RAISE A RED Gerald Ryan
59 RANDAROCK David Hayes
60 REAL STING Steven O’dea
61 RECKLESS ABANDON Liam Birchley
62 RED SUN RISING David Hayes
63 REDOUTABLE HEART Chris Waller
64 RUNKLE Gary Portelli
65 SAGATONA Liam Birchley
66 SAM DE HERO Chris Anderson
67 SECRET TRYST Scott Morrisey
68 SEQUENTIAL LEADER Liam Birchley
69 SHADOWLESS Helen Page
70 SHAF David Hayes
71 SIR RUPERT Patrick Busuttin
72 SKYLIMIT Gai Waterhouse
73 SNIPER FIRE Chris Waller
74 SPORTS EDITION Gai Waterhouse
75 STROAK Bryan Guy
76 SUN FORCE Gai Waterhouse
77 TELAAWA David Hayes
78 TIME FOR WAR Gerald Ryan
79 TYPHOON HENNY Gerald Ryan
80 UNDOUBTABLE Gary Portelli
81 VUELTA (NZ) David Hayes
82 ZULULAND David Hayes

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