2022 JJ Atkins Field & Odds Update: Sharp ‘N’ Smart Firming Favourite

June 10, 2022

2022 JJ Atkins Field & Odds Update: Sharp ‘N’ Smart Firming Favourite

The Graeme & Deborah Rogerson-trained Sydney raider, Sharp ‘N’ Smart, has firmed into clear favouritism to take out the 2022 J.J. Atkins over the Eagle Farm mile this weekend in Brisbane.

Converge | Photo: Steve Hart | Races.com.au

2021 JJ Atkins winner Converge. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of two elite level features on the Stradbroke Handicap Day card for Saturday, this season’s Group 1 $1 million J.J. Atkins (1600m) shapes up as a typically open affair.

Heading the two-year-old contenders in betting at a current quote of $4 through Ladbrokes.com.au, Redwood gelding Sharp ‘N’ Smart drew barrier 10 for jockey Hugh Bowman who chases his first winning ride in the event.

The Kiwi expat won two back over the mile in New Zealand at Listed level before his debut down under at the Eagle Farm track last Saturday.

He was good when narrowly beaten in a photo-finish with Political Debate in the Listed The Phoenix (1500m), a run he is sure to improve on now having had a taste for the track.

Two other juveniles follow closely in JJ Atkins betting with the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained filly Sheeza Belter ($4.80) to be ridden by William Pike, and Chris Waller’s The Phoenix winner Political Debate.

Sheeza Belter is out to be the first JJ Atkins winning filly since Linky Dink (2009).

The progressive daughter of Gold Standard boats a 50% winning strike rate after six starts to date, and was good at the track last start winning the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).

Taking on the boys again with the same hoop and a similar gate, the classy chestnut chases the BRC Sires’ – JJ Atkins double last completed by Sizzling (2012).

Political Debate meanwhile is on the short seven-day turnaround also chasing back-to-back wins in Brisbane.

The nicely-bred So You Think colt presents fit third up having just held on to break his maiden status here last weekend on the back of a third to Swiss Exile in the Group 2 Spirit Of Boom Classic (1200m) the run prior having made up plenty of late ground.

The other best in JJ Atkins betting this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival are the Peter Moody-trained Brereton ($11) out in gate 15 for jockey Jamie Kah, and the also widely-drawn Owen County ($11) drawn 17.

Moody’s Zoustar colt Brereton won Flemington’s Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) on Melbourne Cup Day last year, and has been improving each run this time in.

Third-up on Saturday, he was last seen running third in the BRC Sires’ here, but will need luck from the barrier.

Also hoping to cross from wide and be competitive late, Owen County represents trainer John Sargent in the JJ Atkins and will be ridden by Keagan Latham.

The Dundeel gelding has won two of his three runs ahead of this notable class rise, including a last-start 1400m success at Randwick on May 28 in the wet.

The J.J. Atkins 2022 is set to run as Eagle Farm Race 7 at 3:13pm (AEST) and full markets, courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au, are available here.

2022 JJ Atkins Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 214×43 BRERETON Peter G Moody Ms Jamie Kah 15 57kg
2 1216 TWIN STARS Tony & Calvin McEvoy Kerrin McEvoy 6 57kg
3 146×515410 COCOBREW EXPRESS Tom Button Luke Tarrant 14 57kg
4 231 POLITICAL DEBATE Chris Waller James McDonald 9 57kg
5 110×06 MISHANI SPARTAN Les Ross Ben Thompson 12 57kg
6 6471 BROSNAN Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Brenton Avdulla 7 57kg
7 1145 GREEN SHADOWS Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Nash Rawiller 19 57kg
8 12350×970 HEROIC SON Peter & Will Hulbert Mark Du Plessis 13 57kg
9 131 OWEN COUNTY John Sargent Keagan Latham 17 57kg
10 212 SHARP ’N’ SMART (NZ) Graeme & Deborah Rogerson Hugh Bowman 5 57kg
11 4x31x49 ROBUSTO Chris Waller Jason Collett 16 57kg
12 221 BASQUIAT Chris Waller Tim Clark 1 57kg
13 213 RINGMASTER Michael Freedman Tommy Berry 11 57kg
14 32×93 FEARLESS KNIGHT Kacy Fogden Ryan Maloney 2 57kg
15 13 LETHAL THOUGHTS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 18 57kg
16 121×031 SHEEZA BELTER Peter & Paul Snowden William Pike 10 55kg
17 6×2150 TYRESA Kelly Schweida Larry Cassidy 4 55kg
18 12 AMATI Chris Waller Craig Williams 8 55kg
19e 157 WEST OF AFRICA Annabel Neasham Sam Clipperton 3 57kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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