Converge Leads 2021 JJ Atkins Field & Odds

June 8, 2021

Converge Leads 2021 JJ Atkins Field & Odds

Converge is tipped to turn the tables on his last start conqueror and post a Group 1 win over the mile heading Saturday’s JJ Atkins 2021 betting markets for Stradbroke Day.

Converge Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Converge is one of the best fancied two-year-olds in Saturday’s 2021 J. J. Atkins field in Brisbane. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of the key support acts on the Eagle Farm race card this weekend, the Group 1 $1 million Treasury Brisbane J.J. Atkins (1600m) has drawn a final field of 14 two-year-olds.

Sitting top of the latest JJ Atkins odds at $3.60 through Ladbrokes.com.au following a gun barrier five draw is the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Frankel gelding Converge.

Already proven at the distance having won the Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) in Sydney back in April, Converge was also good when third in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) next-up at Randwick.

He had his first run since on May 29 in Eagle Farm’s Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) when only a neck off the winner, and looks a huge hope to go one better getting out over a furlong further in Saturday’s grand final.

Co-trainer Waterhouse chases her third JJ Atkins victory since 2012 having prepared Romantic Touch (2013) and Almalad (2014) for back-to-back wins earlier this decade.

The BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner, Tiger Of Malay, is also backing-up in the JJ Atkins field looking to do the double for the first time since Sizzling (2012).

The Richard & Michael Freedman-trained Extreme Choice colt will need to be good going up to the 1600m in the JJ Atkins after scoring the upset at 20/1 last time out.

Jockey Craig Williams retains the ride, Tiger Of Malay at a much shorter quote of $6 in the current JJ Atkins odds to overcome a wide barrier 11 draw.

The other best in betting at $4.60 is Port Louis, also a graduate out of the BRC Sires’ having placed third in the key lead-up race.

Port Louis is drawn wide for the rematch out in gate 13 with Hugh Bowman continuing his solid association on the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Maurice colt who is out to break his maiden status at career start number five.

Of the double-figure fancies the Chris Waller-trained Ranch Hand ($12) out to atone for a luckless BRC Sires’ run, his undefeated stablemate Cape Breton ($15) making his Black-Type debut and Bjorn Baker’s fellow in-form Vancouver colt Overpass ($15) are considered the most likely to score an upset JJ Atkins result.

Click here for the latest JJ Atkins 2021 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 JJ Atkins Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1×52751 TIGER OF MALAY Richard & Michael Freedman Craig Williams 11 57kg
2 1×62132 CONVERGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5 57kg
3 313×5318 SUBTERRANEAN Matthew Dunn Nash Rawiller 4 57kg
4 21114 OVERPASS Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 3 57kg
5 3253 PORT LOUIS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 13 57kg
6 18×21 VOLCANIC ROCK Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Opie Bosson 6 57kg
7 135×20 RANCH HAND Chris Waller 2 57kg
8 8321 BLUSHING TYCOON Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Jye McNeil 12 57kg
9 4×421 OVERMANN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 7 57kg
10 11 CAPE BRETON Chris Waller 10 57kg
11 53×75 GIANNIS Chris Waller 8 57kg
12 10 DARK REBEL Edward Cummings Ben Thompson 1 57kg
13 273 THREE WISE MEN Edward Cummings Jim Byrne 9 57kg
14 42×229 INVINSIBLE TEARS Gillian Heinrich Michael Cahill 14 55kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

 

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