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The lightly-raced Sunshine Coast galloper Dreams Aplenty will look to earn a JJ Atkins bid with a big run for John Zielke in Saturday’s 2016 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Doomben Racecourse.
A two-year-old son of Dream Ahead, the young chestnut gelding is one of 17 juveniles nominated for this weekend’s edition of the $250,000 Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) on Doomben 10,000 Day.
The set weights clash is a traditional lead-up to the $600,000 Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 11, the Stradbroke Handicap Day support act on the radar for Zielke’s Dreams Aplenty if he runs well on Saturday.
To date the horse has had three runs for a win on debut in early April at home followed by a second at the same track behind Winning Rupert on April 23.
Last time out Dreams Aplenty was again beaten home by Winning Rupert when a close fourth crossing only a half-length off the Bjorn Baker-trained winner in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) on BTC Cup Day at Doomben.
Dreams Aplenty returns to the track a fortnight later for the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes, but has a jockey change on the cards.
For his two most recent runs apprentice Luke Dittman had the ride.
On Saturday Boby El-Issa returns to Brisbane and partners the promising two-year-old in the Group 2, Dittman opting to ride Zielke’s other BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes hopeful Royal Tithe.
“When Luke Dittman elected to ride my other two-year-old Royal Tithe in the Sires’ I had no hesitation in calling on Bobby. We have been mates for years,” Zielke told AAP this week.
After serious injury ruled El-Issa out of riding, he made a comeback in Sydney and enjoyed a winning treble at Muswellbrook last Sunday.
A smart Show A Heart filly, Royal Tithe meanwhile has had seven runs for three wins, three seconds and a third.
Two back she saluted by nearly two lengths over 1350m at Doomben before winning again at the Gold Coast on May 7 narrowly holding off fellow BRC Sires’ hope Oink in the Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m) on A.D. Hollindale Stakes Day.
Dittman has been aboard for her four most recent starts, including all three of her victories, and continues his association as she looks to extend her winning streak to three on the trot.
Currently in all-in JJ Atkins betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au, Royal Tithe is rated a $15 chance with futures odds led by the John O’Shea-trained Souchez ($3.60).
Souchez, winner of the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) in Sydney back on March 12, was last seen finishing third in the Champagne Classic blanket result and is also in the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes mix.
Dreams Aplenty meanwhile is further down the pre-field JJ Atkins odds at $26 to hand Zielke with his maiden win in the classic.
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