2021 JJ Atkins Next for BRC Sires’ Winner Tiger Of Malay

May 29, 2021

2021 JJ Atkins Next for BRC Sires’ Winner Tiger Of Malay

The good run of two-year-olds this season for the Golden Slipper winning stable of Richard & Michael Freedman continued at Eagle Farm with their up-and-comer Tiger Of Malay onto the Group 1 J.J. Atkins following his win in the $1 million BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Craig Williams. Photo: Steve Hart | Races.com.au

Jockey Craig Williams enjoyed the winning ride on upset BRC Sires’ winner Tiger Of Malay. Photo: Steve Hart.

It was a bumper field of two-year-olds gathered for the reinvented Group 2 $1 million BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on Kingsford-Smith Cup Day.

There was an upset result when the Freedman’s nicely-bred Extreme Choice colt Tiger Of Malay relished the Good (4) track and a perfectly-timed ride to salute at $17 over the fast-finishing Converge, with Port Louis good in third.

Jockey Craig Williams got the winning ride with the horse’s original rider Mark Zahra stuck in Melbourne due to the snap COVID-19 lockdown.

Seventh after over-racing in Sydney’s Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) back in April, Tiger Of Malay was one of the forgotten youngster’s in the Brisbane edition after a last start fifth in Doomben’s Group 2 Spirit Of Boom Classic (1200m).

The BRC Sires’ field was led around by the Chris Munce-trained Rhapsody Rose, but it was the backmarkers making up the late ground who dominated in the end.

Williams ran home strongly the closing stages on the eventual winner out wide, dashing up to take the lead inside the final furlong and hold off the rocketing Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Frankel gelding Converge – third in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) in Sydney last time out – who he will likely face again over a mile next start.

Tiger Of Malay showed nice improvement on his lead-up run and is now onto the Group 1 $1 million J.J. Atkins (1600m) back at the track over a mile on June 12, rewarding the stable after they opted not to run him in the Golden Slipper that they took out with stablemate Stay Inside.

“It’s been a least 15 years since I’ve been here (in Brisbane),” co-trainer Michael Freedman told Sky Thoroughbred Central post-race.

“It’s a big thrill to come back and win a race like this.

“We had to regroup after the Sires’ in Sydney where he drew wide, had the blinkers on and over-raced a bit.

“We thought Brisbane was a nice option. I’ve always had a good opinion of the horse.

“I came in today thinking that if he got the right run, he could run a super race.”

Sizzling (2012) was the last horse to complete the BRC Sires’ – J.J. Atkins double.

All-in J.J. Atkins betting at Ladbrokes.com.au has firmed notably on Tiger Of Malay who is in from $26 to $7, while the BRC Sires’ runner-up Converge is the new favourite in from $9 to $4.60.

Click here for the latest pre-field 2021 JJ Atkins odds online thanks to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 TIGER OF MALAY Richard & Michael Freedman Craig Williams 7 57kg $17
2 2 CONVERGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 0.2L 15 57kg $11
3 10 PORT LOUIS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 0.6L 16 57kg $6.50
4 8 OVERPASS Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 3.1L 3 57kg $13
5 13 GIANNIS Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 3.3L 9 57kg $26
6 15 RHAPSODY ROSE Chris Munce Justin Huxtable (a) 3.8L 8 55kg $26
7 12 COTEHELE (NZ) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 4L 12 57kg $31
8 1 SUBTERRANEAN Matthew Dunn Nash Rawiller 4.1L 10 57kg $31
9 16 INVINSIBLE TEARS Gillian Heinrich Michael Cahill 4.85L 5 55kg $21
10 5 GLENEAGLES David Payne Jason Collett 5.05L 4 57kg $10
11 7 RANCH HAND Chris Waller James McDonald 5.25L 11 57kg $5.50EF
12 3 PRINCE OF BOOM Robert Heathcote Ben Thompson 5.35L 13 57kg $5.50EF
13 9 TIGER HEART Tony Gollan Ryan Maloney 8.1L 6 57kg $15
14 14 MISS HIPSTAR Kelly Schweida Larry Cassidy 8.5L 17 55kg $41
15 17 BERDINI’S GIRL Chris Munce Glen Boss 8.6L 1 55kg $61
16 4 BABY WONG Stephen Jones Matthew Palmer 11.35L 2 57kg $101
17 11 DARK REBEL Edward Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 11.65L 14 57kg $31

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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