The last Group 1 race of the season in Australia...
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.
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.
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.
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|
|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|
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