2016 JJ Atkins Results: Sacred Elixir Scores Dominant Win

The Group success of the Kiwis on Stradbroke Handicap Day continued at Eagle Farm with dominant young New Zealand galloper Sacred Elixir taking out the first of the elite level races with ease.

Sacred Elixir

New Zealand raider Sacred Elixir won the 2016 JJ Atkins running away over the Eagle Farm mile on Stradbroke Handicap Day. Photo: Daniel Costello.

In the race before it was the Adrian & Harry Bull-trained Benzini taking out the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) for New Zealand, the Tony Pike-trained two-year-old Sacred Elixir continuing the good form of the visitors from across the Tasman in the $600,000 Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m).

Jockey Zac Purton said the smart son of Pour Moi, who was well supported by the punters starting favourite in the markets, was playful before the race and that continued onto the track where the gelding played with his rivals in the big 18-starter field of juveniles.

“He was very playful,” Purton said.

“He knew he was the best horse and he was here to play.”

In one of the most dominant JJ Atkins results in history, Sacred Elixir relished his first look at a mile racing away to win by nearly four lengths in an improved effort on his fast-finishing sixth in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce (1350m) at Doomben a fortnight earlier.

The third JJ Atkins favourite to win in the past five years, Sacred Elixir is sure to shape-up as a very nice Derby hope as a three-year-old next season including the spring’s Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Dreams Aplenty from the outside alley went forward to lead this year’s JJ Atkins field around with the likes of Barbass, Oink and Souchez also up on the pace.

Coming around the bend Dreams Aplenty was still in front, while the local Liam Birchley-trained Falvelon filly Heart Skipt A Beat was the widest around the turn, the chestnut coming off a debut win over 1300m at the Sunshine Coast three weeks back.

On the straight the nicely-bred roughie Charnley River from the Sunshine Coast stables of Stuart Kendrick begin to make his move, the colt a son of the 2000 JJ Atkins winner Show A Heart.

Sacred Elixir ($6) was also saved until a late run, but with 150m to go he hit the lead and speared away bolting in the JJ Atkins to win by four lengths over triple-figure outsider Chanrley River ($126) who was ridden by Kerrin McEvoy.

Finishing off the trifecta in third was the brave Heart Skipt A Beat ($126), another roughie hope getting up to finish in the money in the mile classic.

“He’s beautiful,” winning hoop Purton said after the victory of Sacred Elixir.

“He’s got a great size about him and a pretty good brain, but he hasn’t quite filled into his body yet so come the spring time hopefully we will see a nice horse.”

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2016 JJ Atkins Results & Finishing Order

Eagle Farm Race 7 – 11/06/2016

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 9 SACRED ELIXIR (NZ) Tony Pike Zac Purton 11 57kg $5F
2 13 CHARNLEY RIVER Stuart Kendrick Kerrin McEvoy 3.5L 17 57kg $51
3 17 HEART SKIPT A BEAT Liam Birchley Jeff Lloyd 4.8L 12 55kg $101
4 3 SOUCHEZ John O’Shea James McDonald 6.6L 8 57kg $5.50
5 6 DREAMS APLENTY John Zielke Bobby El-Issa 6.7L 16 57kg $15
6 5 OINK Kelly Schweida Glen Colless 6.9L 10 57kg $61
7 11 REDOUBLE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Christian Reith 8.2L 14 57kg $19
8 16 CANDIKA Steven O’dea Paul Hammersley 9L 7 55kg $7.50
9 15 MEET AND GREET John & Chris Meagher James Orman (a) 10L 18 57kg $151
10 2 ATTENTION Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 11L 2 57kg $6.50
11 1 NIKITAS Kelso Wood Michael Cahill 16.8L 5 57kg $10
12 7 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Liam Birchley Damian Browne 18.1L 3 57kg $31
13 10 PUNISHING Liam Birchley Dwayne Dunn 21.1L 9 57kg $151
14 14 VASILIEV Gai Waterhouse Adam Hyeronimus 22.6L 1 57kg $31
15 18 OUR CINDERELLA Kristie Clark-Peoples Jim Byrne 23.4L 15 55kg $101
16 8 JAWS OF STEEL Robbie Laing Brad Rawiller 33.4L 4 57kg $10
17 4 BARBASS Cameron Crockett Damien Oliver 36.2L 13 57kg $31
18 12 CADOGAN Bjorn Baker Hugh Bowman 42.7L 6 57kg $9.50
20e ROYAL ATOM Darryl Hansen 0
19e ZENDAYE Desleigh Forster Ryan Wiggins 0


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