2016 JJ Atkins Field & Barriers: Attention Draws 2

Peter & Paul Snowden’s BRC Sires’ Produce winner Attention has come up trumps with barrier two for Saturday’s JJ Atkins 2016 at Eagle Farm Racecourse.

Attention

BRC Sires’ Produce winner Attention is drawn well in barrier two for the 2016 JJ Atkins this Saturday in Brisbane. Photo: Daniel Costello.

A capacity field of 18 two-year-olds plus two emergencies face off in this year’s $600,000 Group 1 BMW J.J. Atkins (1600m), one of four Group 1s on the Stradbroke Handicap Day card after the addition of the previous weekend’s washed-out Queensland Oaks.

The rails run belongs to Gai Waterhouse’s lightly-raced colt Vasiliev coming off a mile win at Gosford, while the next best in the JJ Atkins barriers is Attention in two.

A son of Stratum, Team Snowden’s smart colt is a dual Group 2inner and a previous Group 1 performer.

During the autumn in won the Group 3 Baillieu Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill before a failed 11th to Yankee Rose in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.

He travelled to Queensland and has been on fire during his Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival bid however.

Two back he was runner-up to Winning Rupert in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) before his success in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ (1350m) on May 28, a race that has six JJ Atkins winners in the past decade.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden shoots for his second JJ Atkins win after the success of Benifica in 2011 and Attention, to be ridden by Blake Shinn, is his sole runner in 2016.

The only other last start winner in the field is Liam Birchley’s locally-trained Falvelon filly Heart Skipt A Beat (14) who goes up notably in class after her 1300m win at the Sunshine Coast in a maiden set weights race from May 22.

Early favourite in JJ Atkins betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, Tony Pike’s New Zealand raider Sacred Elixir has drawn barrier 13 and will come into 11 if the two emergencies fail to get a run.

Zac Purton retains the ride on the son of Pour Moi after guiding him to a sixth, beaten only 1.3 lengths, behind Attention in the BRC Sires’ last time out.

The last JJ Atkins winner to jump from wider than barrier 10 was the John O’Shea-trained Reigning To Win (2006) a decade ago.

O’Shea is after another win 10 years on this weekend saddling-up livewire hope in the JJ Atkins odds Souchez from gate nine with James McDonald to ride.

Winner of the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) in Sydney back in March, the Lonhro colt comes into the Group 1 via the traditional path having run third in the Champagne Classic and fifth in the Sires’ Produce a fortnight back.

The other best out of the BRC Sires’ this season are runner-up Dreams Aplenty for the Sunshine Coast’s John Zielke and third placegetter Nikitas prepared by Brisbane’s Kelso Wood.

The two had mixed luck in the JJ Atkins barrier draw, Dreams Aplenty with work to do from gate 18 (into 16) while Wood’s son of Snitzel Nikitas should get a dream run from barrier five with Michael Cahill continuing his association with the Gold Coast Magic Millions runner-up from January.

Other notable JJ Atkins hopes include Robbie Laing’s Mornington Sires’ winner Jaws Of Steel (4) to be ridden by Brad Rawiller and Steven O’Dea’s Sebring filly Candika who ran fourth in the BRC Sires’.

See below for the full JJ Atkins 2016 field, barriers and jockeys with updated odds due out at Ladbrokes.com.au shortly.

2016 JJ Atkins Final Field & Barrier Draw

Eagle Farm Race 7 (2:20pm) – 11/06/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt.
1 132×83 NIKITAS Kelso Wood Michael Cahill 5 57kg
2 2×71021 ATTENTION Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 2 57kg
3 1x31x35 SOUCHEZ John O’Shea James McDonald 9 57kg
4 723×212 BARBASS Cameron Crockett Damien Oliver 15 57kg
5 21320 OINK Kelly Schweida Glen Colless 11 57kg
6 1242 DREAMS APLENTY John Zielke Bobby El-Issa 18 57kg
7 9×2197 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Liam Birchley Damian Browne 3 57kg
8 4173 JAWS OF STEEL Robbie Laing Brad Rawiller 4 57kg
9 216×16 SACRED ELIXIR (NZ) Tony Pike Zac Purton 13 57kg
10 31860×88 PUNISHING Liam Birchley TBA 10 57kg
11 13 REDOUBLE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Christian Reith 16 57kg
12 5319 CADOGAN Bjorn Baker Hugh Bowman 6 57kg
13 2×442 CHARNLEY RIVER Stuart Kendrick TBA 19 57kg
14 31 VASILIEV Gai Waterhouse Adam Hyeronimus 1 57kg
15 4138 MEET AND GREET John & Chris Meagher James Orman (a) 20 57kg
16 113×364 CANDIKA Steven O’dea Paul Hammersley 8 55kg
17 23266×21 HEART SKIPT A BEAT Liam Birchley TBA 14 55kg
18 3248×4 OUR CINDERELLA Kristie Clark-Peoples TBA 17 55kg
19e 4×610 ZENDAYE Desleigh Forster Ryan Wiggins 12 57kg
20e 45 ROYAL ATOM Darryl Hansen TBA 7 57kg

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