Chris Waller’s JJ Atkins-bound juvenile Brazen Beau is favourite in both the futures markets for that upcoming Group 1 and for their earlier assignment in the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes 2014 this weekend.
A talented I Am Invincible colt, Brazen Beau is one of 15 two-year-olds making up a bumper field for this year’s $250,000 Group 2 Mitavite BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) running as Doomben Race 6 at 2:30pm (AEST) on Saturday.
Most of the runners are heading towards the $500,000 Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) over the mile at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Handicap Day next month, including top fancy Brazen Beau.
Drawn ideally in barrier five for Saturday with Nash Rawiller to ride the last start Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) winner is looking to go back-to-back at Doomben and secure their JJ Atkins favouritism.
They’re also looking to salute for the punters this weekend as Brazen Beau sits top of the BRC Sires Produce Stakes odds at a short price of $2.50.
They are joined at single figures by four other rivals then with:
- #3 Pressing ($6) – Mick Price-trained market mover who the money is starting to come for as the Sebring colt makes their Brisbane debut, looking to retain their undefeated status having won their opening two starts at Caulfield most recently in the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m) on May 3 and looks spot on for this going up in distance for the first time.
- #5 Looks Like The Cat ($6.50) – Locally prepared by the in-form Tony Gollan, this Husson colt enjoyed an Eagle Farm win on debut in February and then ran an eye catching second to Brazen Beau in the Champagne Classic last start which could be the form line to follow.
- #10 Aimee ($8) – Noel Doyle’s Gold Coast-trained Exceedingly Good filly suffered an early blow drawing wide out in gate 14 but still a genuine shot having won their past four on the trot, including one here at Doomben in February, and most recently first-up at the home in the Listed Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m) in the mud.
- #1 Time For War ($9) –Rails draw for this Gerald Ryan-trained Snitzel colt who comes off a disappointing 10th in the Champagne Classic, before that raced at Group 1 level when fourth to Peggy Jean in the ATC Sires Produce over 1400m and will appreciate rain, having also won the Group 2 Pago Pago on a Heavy (9) in Sydney, as well as getting back up in distance after finding it too sharp last time out.
Other notable youngsters in the mix at juicer prices then include the John O’Shea-trained Exceed And Excel colt Careless ($13) coming off a second in the Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) on April 19 drawn in gate three for this with Kerrin McEvoy to ride and Liam Birchely’s local Real Saga filly Sagatona ($13) who finished second to Ken Russell.
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